U.S. military says video not of deadly Iraq ambush

December 5th, 2005  
Team Infidel

Topic: U.S. military says video not of deadly Iraq ambush

BAGHDAD, Dec 4 (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Sunday that a video which Iraqi militants claimed showed an attack that killed 10 Marines near Falluja was not the same incident. "The circumstances of the IED (improvised explosive device) attack
near Falluja do not match those shown on the video," the Marines said in a statement.
"While we are unable to discern whether the video shown is authentic, the statement that the video shows the December 1 IED attack near Falluja is false."
Thursday's attack also wounded 11 Marines and was the largest loss suffered by U.S. forces since August. Insurgents wired several artillery shells together, hid them and then detonated this so-called daisy-chain as a foot patrol passed by. In the video, pictures show a Humvee, flanked by what look like U.S. troops, travelling slowly down a street when it is engulfed in an explosion, sending clouds of dust into the air and bystanders fleeing. An off-camera voice was heard saying "Allah is Great" repeatedly. The vehicle rollsthrough the dust but it is not clear what happens to the troops on foot. The video was released by a group called the Islamic Army in Iraq, which is one of several insurgent groups battling foreign and Iraqi security forces. Its authenticity could not be verified, but it was posted on a Web site generally used by insurgents to claim attacks.