23rd June 19:21
Amercan 'heros' shoot family and refuse to allow medical aid. Father and three kids die.
These US soldiers are criminals. These soldiers should be charged with First
Family shot dead by panicking US troops
Firing blindly during a power cut, soldiers kill a father and three children in
By Justin Huggler in Baghdad
10 August 2003
The abd al-Kerim family didn't have a chance. American soldiers opened fire on
their car with no warning and at close quarters. They killed the father and
three of the children, one of them only eight years old. Now only the mother,
Anwar, and a 13-year-old daughter are alive to tell how the bullets tore through
the windscreen and how they screamed for the Americans to stop.
"We never did anything to the Americans and they just killed us," the heavily
pregnant Ms abd al-Kerim said. "We were calling out to them 'Stop, stop, we are
a family', but they kept on shooting."
The story of how Adel abd al-Kerim and three of his children were killed emerged
yesterday, exactly 100 days after President George Bush declared the war in Iraq
was over. In Washington yesterday, Mr Bush declared in a radio address: "Life is
returning to normal for the Iraqi people ... All Americans can be proud of what
our military and provisional authorities have achieved in Iraq."
But in this city Iraqi civilians still die needlessly almost every day at the
hands of nervous, trigger-happy American soldiers.
Doctors said the father and his two daughters would have survived if they had
received treatment quicker. Instead, they were left to bleed to death because
the Americans refused to allow anyone to take them to hospital.