Please read second paragraph of this report. A few dozen war crimes implied in an innocuous paragraph, reported with western objectivity. This, surely, is the essence of journalism.
From AP via Yahoo: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031108/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq&cid=540&ncid=716
By JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press Writer
TIKRIT, Iraq - An Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed Friday — apparently shot down by insurgents — killing all six U.S. soldiers aboard and capping the bloodiest seven days in Iraq (news - web sites) for Americans since the fall of Baghdad.
In retaliation, American troops backed by Bradley fighting vehicles swept through Iraqi neighborhoods before dawn Saturday, blasting houses suspected of being insurgent hideouts with machine guns and heavy weapons fire.
"This is to remind the town that we have teeth and claws and we will use them," said Lt. Col. Steven Russell, commander of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment.
From CNN, same attacks:
"Hours after the helicopter went down, U.S. forces pounded the area near Saddam's ancestral
home with bombs and mortar shells.
Two F-16s flew low over the marshy area near the crash site and dropped at least two 500-pound bombs, CNN's Nic Robertson reported.
Dozens of artillery shells, mortars and howitzers rained down on the area, Robertson said, beginning late Friday and going into early Saturday."