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Thursday, July 12, 2007

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  • The Other War: Iraq Veterans Speak Out on Shocking Accounts of Attacks on Iraqi Civilians

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    The Nation magazine has published a startling new exposé of 50 American combat veterans of the Iraq War who give vivid on-the-record accounts of the U.S. military occupation in Iraq and describe a brutal side of the war rarely seen on television screens or chronicled in newspaper accounts. The investigation marks the first time so many on-the-record, named eyewitnesses from within the U.S. military have been assembled in one place to openly corroborate assertions of indiscriminate killings and other atrocities by the U.S. military in Iraq. We speak with the article’s co-author, journalist Laila Al-Arian, and four Iraq veterans who came forward with their stories of war. [includes rush transcript]

  • Iraq War Vets Describe "Brutal Techniques" Used by U.S. Military Against Iraqi Civilians

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    Two Iraq War veterans, Sgt. John Bruhns and Spc. Garett Reppenhagen, recount their experience in Iraq, particularly describe the brutal house raids they conducted on a regular basis in Iraq. Spc. Reppenhagen says, "You could see the frustration on [the Iraqis’] faces, the anger, the sadness, the worry, the fear. You know, it was very hard to see the faces of the Iraqi people when you took their family members away ... especially when you know most of the time you have bad intelligence and you are raiding the house that usually the people inside are innocent." [includes rush transcript]

  • "If Soldiers Came from Another Country and Did This to My Family, I Would Be an Insurgent Too" – War Vet Describes Iraq House Raid

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    Staff Sergeant Timothy John Westphal, who served in Iraq for one year, recalls raiding a sprawling farm on the outskirts of Tikrit in 2004 and the screams he can still hear of the man he woke up inside. Sgt. Westphal says, "He was so terrified and so afraid for his family. I thought of my family at the time and thought 'If I was the patriarch of the family, if soldiers came from another country and did this to my family, I would be an insurgent too.'" We also speak with Sgt. Dustin Flatt who describes unarmed civilians being shot or run over by U.S. military convoys. [includes rush transcript]