More Apache Helicopter Reuters Photographer Incident Info

Yesterday when I reported on the leak of the video footage, for some reason I attached the edited video rather than the full one.  The edited video is more of a “highlights reel”.

Here is the full 40 minute unedited video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is9sxRfU-ik[/youtube]

I stayed out of the discussion on the previous post, and I’m going to do the same on this one.  I have no experience flying Apache helicopters, and no experience as a soldier, so anything I would write about this incident would be useless, and purely opinion based on my impression watching the video from a comfortable leather chair while sipping in iced tea.

Some documents released yesterday under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) relating to the incident:

Some pictures emailed to me which some of you might find humorous:

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Rob April 6, 2010 at 01:12 pm

Great stuff! Thanks for sharing

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buck April 6, 2010 at 03:44 pm
K Pete April 6, 2010 at 07:42 pm

When bad things happen to “reuter” reporters, I really struggle to have any sympathy. Does that make me a bad person??

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Adam April 7, 2010 at 12:00 am

I think they did great. Thank God for those boys and girls over there.

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Dom April 7, 2010 at 07:02 am

I have no judgment one way or the other on the actions of those involved. I definitely don’t like what I see, but that doesn’t mean anyone is to blame. This just is a good look at war, and war is widely reported to (still) be hell.

This blog should be applauded for posting this to be considered – especially considering most other media won’t have the time or guts for it. I think to those who have modern combat experience, this video is no surprise. For the rest of us, it strikes me as a little sad that we are so shocked by it. I suppose that conceptually we know what our soldiers are doing overseas, and how it is supposed to go. We know it is not perfect (who ever heard of a perfect war?), but the mistakes hard to visualize. This is an unusual opportunity to see what Americans are really doing over there and the risks it entails. I view this as a reminder of the price of war, both for the killed and wounded, as well as those who will live on to remember it.

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s April 11, 2010 at 12:18 am

It’s war, it’s nasty, it’s sad, but it’s a reality that some people are willing to face, and others are not. Good job of protecting OUR boys on the ground.

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