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No Gun Ri

In the chaotic early days of the Korean War, groups of refugees fleeing a North Korean advance attempted to cross American lines despite warning shots.

Up to 400 refuges, mostly women and children, were shot in one incident.

American soldiers suspected the group contained Communist gunmen.

1997 30 South Korean survivors and relatives of victims file a lawsuit that describes a three-day period of killing, claiming American planes strafed hundreds of refugees fleeing North Korean troops, leaving 100 people dead.

The survivors flee under the bridge, where they are pinned by American troops who shoot and kill almost all the refugees.

April 2007 A document found in the National Archives notes that the army had a policy of shooting approaching civilians.

A memo, dated July 25, 1950, from the United States Fifth Air Force regarding "Policy on Strafing Civilian Targets", written by USAF Colonel Turner C. Rogers recalls that, "the army has requested that we strafe all civilian refugee parties that are noted approaching our positions," and that, "to date, we have complied with the army request in this regard."



My Lai

The soldiers found no insurgents in the village of My Lai on the morning of March 16, 1968.

One platoon led by Lt. William Calley, killed hundreds of civilians - primarily old men, women, children, and babies.

Some were tortured or raped.

Dozens were herded into a ditch and executed with automatic firearms.

Spring 1972 Survivors of the My Lai massacre, are "accidently" slaughtered by "friendly" airstrikes and artillery bombardment.


Vietnam War Crimes Working Group



The archives of the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group, made up of staff members assigned to General William C. Westmoreland, filed at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland substantiated 300 atrocities which included:

seven massacres from 1967 through 1971 in which at least 137 civilians died; seventy-eight other attacks on noncombatants in which at least 57 were killed, 56 wounded and 15 sexually assaulted;

one hundred forty-one instances in which American soldiers tortured civilian detainees or prisoners of war with fists, sticks, bats, water or electric shock.

Members of a reconnaissance platoon swept through the Que Son Valley, burning homes, slaughtering animals and killing civilians.

Members of the platoon killed:

an unarmed boy standing outside a cluster of huts;

three women and three children in a hut;

executed an elderly woman and a baby;

raped a woman and a young girl and then executed civilian detainees.

The unit reported the victims as enemy killed in action.

On the same day as the massacre at My Lai, American soldiers from the same division killed an undetermined number of women and children in neighboring My Khe.

American soldiers tossed grenades into shelters and shot women, and children as they ran for cover or tried to flee.

Over the next three days, members of the unit burned three hamlets to the ground and tortured detainees with electric shocks.

The unit reported 39 enemy combatants killed but recovered no weapons and suffered no casualties.


An American helicopter "hunter-killer" team attacked a village in Cambodia with rockets and machine gun fire, killing eight civilians, including two children, and wounding 15.

After the attack, an American captain landed with a platoon of South Vietnamese troops.

No enemy weapons or other war materiel were found.

The troops provided no medical treatment to the wounded.

The American captain returned to the aircraft with a motorcycle and the Vietnamese troops made off with large quantities of civilian property, including tobacco, poultry, and radios.

The documents, archives of the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group have now been reclassified "secret" and removed from the public domain.


last refuge

'I didn't think of Iraqis as humans'

Haditha massacre


"Haditha holds a mirror up not just to American troops in the field but to our whole society.

Not just to the liars in government but to those that believe them too easily.

It is past time for Americans to summon the civil courage to face what is being done in their name and refuse to be accomplices." - Daniel Ellsberg

Witnesses to the slaying of Iraqi civilians by American Marines in the village of Haditha say the American Marines shot men, women and children at close range in retaliation for the death of a Marine in a roadside bombing.

Aws Fahmi, a Haditha resident watched and listened as American Marines went from house to house killing members of three families.

Aws Fahmi heard Younis Salim Khafif plead in English for his life and the lives of his family members.

"I heard Younis speaking to the American Marines, saying: 'I am friend. I am good,' they killed him, his wife and daughters."- Aws Fahmi

The girls killed inside Younis Salim Khafif's house are ages 14, 10, 5, 3 and 1.

Abdul Hamid Hassan Ali, 76; Khamisa Tuma Ali, 66 (wife); Iman, 8; Abdul Rahman, 5; Abdullah, 4; were killed in the house next door.

Khafif, 43; Aeda Yasin Ahmed, 41; a son, 8 and five young daughters and an infant were killed in the third house.

Only 13-year-old Safa Younis lived - saved by her mother's blood spilling onto her making her look dead.

One marine claimed that in a pistol fire fight while unloading his pistol he shot three Iraqs in the head. (Trained by Clint Eastwood!)

"Democracy assassinated the family that was here" - graffiti seen later on one of the houses.

Warplanes conducted airstrikes, dropping 500 lb bombs on more than one house to cover up the massacre.

"In addition to the American Marines' individual actions, "jets dropped 500 lb bombs". The buck for the "total breakdown in morality and leadership" doesn't stop with a single unit of stressed out, third tour of duty American Marines. It stops at the very top, with George Walker Bush." - Jess Winfield



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