April 22, 2005

Terrorists down chopper in Iraq, shoot survivor; release video on internet

Terrorists have released a video showing the downing of a helicopter in Iraq, purportedly the chopper shot down yesterday. In addition, the video shows the execution-style murder of a Western man who survived the crash.

The video was released by the Islamic Army in Iraq.

Infovlad has the video (dated 4/22 - STRONG CONTENT WARNING) for your perusal in Real Media format.

In a video purporting to show the killing of the sole survivor of a downed helicopter in Iraq, a gunman orders, "Carry out God's verdict," and his colleagues open fire, riddling the man with bullets as they shout "Allahu akbar!" — or "God is great!"

The video was posted on an Internet forum used by Islamic militants and was accompanied by a written statement from a group identifying itself as the Islamic Army in Iraq (search). The statement claimed responsibility for the downing of the civilian helic six Americans, three Bulgarians and two Fijians— were killed.

The murder of the survivor was captured on the above mentioned video, as described by The Jawa Report.
Of the eleven on board, one man survived, but was severely wounded. The wounded man had apparently crawled away and was hiding in tall grass some distance from the crash. The helicopter can be seeen burning in the distant background.

Unaware of who has found him, the American says to them, "give me a hand. Give me a hand. It's broken..."

The terrorists help him up and then ask him, "CIA? CIA?" then order him to "Go! Go!" The man is able to walk. They then shoot him as he holds his hand up. He is murdered in cold blood as the terrorists yell "Allahu akhbar!" shooting him over and over.

The terrorists murder the man on the video. In a statement released with the video, the Islamic Army in Iraq says they killed the man in retaliation for the "cold blood in the mosques of tireless Fallujah before the eyes of the world and on television screens, without anyone condemning them."

Their claim is apparently tied to the video released by freelance journalist Kevin Sites while embedded with a Marine unit in Fallujah. An Iraqi insurgent was apparently shot while playing possum during a sweep of captured buildings by those Marines last fall.

The soldier in question was cleared of wrong-doing, despite the hand-wringing of Sites and others both in Iraq and here in the US.

The Marines in Fallujah ran into a number of Iraqis who played dead, only to attack US soldiers once close enough.

UPDATE - Some of the victims are being identified, per The Jawa Report and Interested Participant.

One victim identified as Jason Obert, of El Paso County, CO.

A former El Paso County sheriff's deputy was among the six American contractors killed Thursday when insurgent missile fire downed a commercial helicopter outside of Baghdad, Iraq, a Colorado Springs television station reported.

Jason Obert left the sheriff's office in February to earn extra money working in Iraq for Blackwater Security Consulting, KKTV-TV reported. The company is a subsidiary of North Carolina-based Blackwater USA.

Also identified, is Stephen Matthew McGovern, of Danville KY.
Stephen Matthew McGovern, of Danville, has died in Iraq, his family confirmed today.

McGovern was involved in a helicopter crash, according to his stepfather, who said the family was notified Thursday night....

McGovern had been a sergeant in the National Guard with the 20th Special Forces Group in Louisville.

Jim Atalifo and Timoci Lalaqila were the two Fijians killed, as reported in The Australian.

The three Bulgarians are named as pilots Lyubomir Kostov and Georgi Naidenov and board-engineer Stoyan Anchev by the Bulgarian News Network.

According to the Associated Press, Kostov is the pilot that was murdered on the video released by the terrorists.

The Americans were employed by North Carolina-based Blackwater Security Consulting, a firm that supplies security support for US diplomats.

Posted by mhking at April 22, 2005 12:34 PM

I watched the video and may God help the families these people leave behind.

Posted by: Dex at April 22, 2005 09:04 PM

I hope they find these animals and burn them.

Posted by: Toby Petzold at April 22, 2005 09:06 PM

"I hope they find these animals and burn them"

Wow! Looks like the hunting season is open in Iraq! Just choose your iraqi OR your american soldier, point and shoot!
I am not defending the killers from any side, only think it all wouldn't be happening if the american soldiers were in their homes instead of trying to dominate this foreign country.

Posted by: Carlos at April 27, 2005 01:45 AM

Hey Carlos, try being anything bigger than yourself than convince me of that idiotic statement.

You have no idea what it means to serve ANYTHING. I bet your kids are as messed up as you. Contrary to belief, most of the troops over there are trying to do good. i.e. rebuilding Iraq. The only thing stopping us are a-holes like the insurgents/terrorists and idiots like yourself.

Posted by: Norseman at May 10, 2005 11:08 PM

Carlos has a good point. I mean, with the >200 billion dollars we are spending over there, we could use that money for roads and schools. It's not like they even want us over there, and every time we do manage to build something the insurgents blow it up. If they don't want us to build their country, then the bastards can do it themselves. Thousands of American lives isn't worth the cost. Just get out of their before it becomes another Vietnam. Iraq is a waste of time, plain and simple. There's really nothing there for us, except for doing the "right thing," and we all can clearly see that they don't want us there doing the "right thing" anyway. I say "Fuck em".

Posted by: Sam at May 15, 2005 09:28 AM

i think when the army catches these assholes they should wrap them in pig skins then shoot them and broad cast the video and let the rest of the bastards see what will happen to them when they are caught

Posted by: bill t at May 19, 2005 04:36 AM

Thank you to those of you who left comments about the crash. My family and the families of the other 10 victims greatly appreciate the support and compassion of the American people. God Bless all those families who have lost loved ones in war times and those who are still active in Iraq.

"Jason Oberts' Brother"

Posted by: Rusty at June 5, 2005 09:45 PM

It is obvious to me that there is a liberal anti- american sentiment in this country among it own treasonous citizens. most of whom wouldnt have the slightest idea what it means to dedicate your life protecting others. Most are just your average know it alls that sit on thier lazy rears watching liberal news stations like CNN and MSNBC. Not realizing that if it wern't for the Government,military,and law enforcment personal laying their lives on the line every day.Thiscountry as we know it would have died long before the events of on 9/11. You know what has changed about the people in these agencies since the end of world war 2? Not adang thing, besides the fact that they must now endure constant redicule and down right disrepectful ill support from a growing number of liberal americans who take what ever the radical left wing news and the New Yorks Times(which doesnt even deserve capitalization) can throw in a big fat hog troth, stir it all togehter, and call it fact, at face value. Then open thier hypocritical, uneducated mouth about the subject. So Jane Fondas and Michael Moores of america I say to you. If ya hate this counry as much you seem to then go to Canada!!!
Yes we do have a duty to protect the weak and opressed because we are the only ones who can. Shure lets leave. Have you ever thought what will happen to the good iraqie people if we do and they cant defend agiast the same radicalist parties that raped that country of all its human rightsbefore? They would DIE plain and simple.They will slaughtered by the same evil monsters that we fight to protect ourselves and the rest of the world agianst the moment the last soldier leaves the ground to fly home. You say so what at least our boys are safe. And your right they would be safe,for the moment. terriorism is a plaque its not anarmy that is fighting a war. they dont care about winning or losing battles. All they care about is killing all those who dont think, look, act, and beleave the way they do. To them it is an honor die killing those who fit this discription. we cant just walk in kill thousands of them and dicourage them to the point of surrender. they are driven by a hate and rage more evil than the word has ever seen BAR NONE. To defeat them they most be eliminted all of them period. The war in iraq is not a war against the insergents and terroists that occupy that country, but a war agianst evil in its purest most unforgiving form. If we dont stop them now the evil will spread like a plaque threw out the world, and desimate all who oppose it, and we the United States of America, One Nation Under God are the only ones strong enough to stop it. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke

p.s. Please forgive the incorrect spelling and diction. I Typed in the heat of the moment and was not paying attention.

Posted by: Erin at August 11, 2005 08:51 PM
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