A classified U.S. diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks contains charges that U.S. forces executed ten handcuffed Iraqi civilians, half of whom were children aged five or younger, in 2006 and then tried to cover it up, McClatchy and the Huffington Post reported on Thursday.
Questions from a local U.N. investigator in Iraq, and from Philip Alston, the organization's special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to U.S. military officers were ignored and have still not been addressed, five years later, McClatchy reported.
Alston's memo noted that the bodies of the dead civilians, who had all been shot in the head, were handcuffed.
Digital Journal reports that at the time the executions took place, U.S. military officers in Iraq said eyewitness accounts of the incident were likely false, and later said the matter warranted no further investigation. The officers refused to reveal the identities of units which might have taken part in the killings.The Pentagon has not commented on the allegations raised by the cable and leak.
—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM