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Iraqi wedding celebration turns into gun battle
ananova.com ^ | 9 18 03 | ananova

Posted on 09/18/2003 11:54:26 AM PDT by freepatriot32

Ananova:

Iraqi wedding celebration turns into gun battle

US soldiers have killed a 14-year-old Iraqi boy and injured six others after hearing gunfire which was part of a wedding celebration.

Neighbours in Fallujah said the incident started after wedding guests fired guns into the air to celebrate.

A passing US military patrol opened fire believing it was under attack.

Adel Hmood said the Americans opened fire in a circle around themselves. He said the dead boy was on his way to buy cigarettes when he was killed.

Bullet holes in homes and buildings in the area suggested there was heavy firing by the Americans.

The military could not be reached for comment because of communications problems in Baghdad.

Last week American soldiers mistakenly opened fire on Iraqi police cars in Fallujah, killing eight Iraqi officers.

The military has apologised for the friendly fire incident.

© Associated Press

Story filed: 11:47 Thursday 18th September 2003


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: battle; celebration; gun; into; iraq; iraqi; turns; wedding

1 posted on 09/18/2003 11:54:28 AM PDT by freepatriot32
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To: freepatriot32
I didn't know Janet Reno was in Iraq.
2 posted on 09/18/2003 11:56:54 AM PDT by Alouette (The bombing begins in five minutes.)
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To: freepatriot32
I'd give the wedding revelers a darwin Award!
3 posted on 09/18/2003 11:57:00 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: freepatriot32
This doesn't smell right. We supposed were invovled in another "wedding party" massacre in Afganstan, remember? Same circumstances, almost to a letter.
4 posted on 09/18/2003 12:06:15 PM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: sheik yerbouty
In Afghanistan they'd get a JDAM.
5 posted on 09/18/2003 12:06:32 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: freepatriot32
Perhaps someone should enlighten these stupid intellectually challenged idiots uninformed people that rifles are not noisemakers, they are deadly weapons.
6 posted on 09/18/2003 12:08:25 PM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, comes Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: Frank_Discussion
Yeah, I think the "wedding" stories are an excuse to cover their actions and make us look bad.

We should publicly outlaw gunfire and fireworks at wedding celebrations in Iraq. That would eliminate such excuses.
7 posted on 09/18/2003 12:10:32 PM PDT by DannyTN (Note left on my door by a pack of neighborhood dogs.)
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To: Frank_Discussion
The wedding party in Afghanistan drew the attention of an AC-130, not a motorized patrol.
8 posted on 09/18/2003 12:12:49 PM PDT by adam_az
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To: DannyTN
Yes, do it for the chiiiiiiillllldrrrrreeeen!
9 posted on 09/18/2003 12:13:43 PM PDT by adam_az
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To: adam_az
This is true.
10 posted on 09/18/2003 12:14:15 PM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: adam_az
here is the footage
http://www.usrcjc.org/photogallery/videos/AC130_Gunship.wmv

enjoy
11 posted on 09/18/2003 12:23:05 PM PDT by luck of the irish
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To: freepatriot32
on his way to buy cigarettes

So cigarettes do kill ya.

12 posted on 09/18/2003 12:23:52 PM PDT by doodad
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To: freepatriot32
These people are dumber than a bag of Rocks.
13 posted on 09/18/2003 12:28:41 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I aint wrong, I aint sorry , and I am probably going to do it again.)
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To: freepatriot32
Lots of liberal fodder in this one
Gun control...why civilians cant be trusted with firearms
Get us out of Iraq... US GIs killing children again
US soldiers killing innocents wedding party guests...the moral equivalent of terrorists

Of course they arent telling the whole story or the American side of it...perhaps some rounds impatcted...not to mention the fact...that once the bullets fly RPGs usually come along for the ride and only mass concentrations of firepower shuts down the human launchers...before the light it up

Get the press out
14 posted on 09/18/2003 12:29:06 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Hodar
rifles are not noisemakers, they are deadly weapons.

When your only tool is a gun, every problem looks like a target.

yes, it's a joke.
15 posted on 09/18/2003 12:29:08 PM PDT by polemikos
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To: freepatriot32
It's standard Al Jazzera/Al Queda/Reuters protocol to evoke the wedding party gunfire thing from time to time. I actually read a story about a guy who ran an embassay (or attempted to run) checkpoint and the writer stated that the cause was that the driver was a member of a wedding party. A total non-sequiter. Didn't bother the writer of the propaganda piece at all.
16 posted on 09/18/2003 12:31:24 PM PDT by Dialup Llama
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To: freepatriot32
Culture shock, on both sides.

Americans used to celebrate shooting guns into the air, too; then ... along came liberalism.

17 posted on 09/18/2003 12:49:01 PM PDT by thinktwice
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To: thinktwice
Americans used to celebrate shooting guns into the air, too; then ... along came liberalism.

That is bull. I was raised on an Iowa farm where we had plenty of guns, but they were never fired in celebration. I now live in the central valley of California, starting about 10 years ago we must cower every New Year's Eve because of the guns shooting in the air. We are told it is just part of the culture of the people recently moved to the area

18 posted on 09/18/2003 12:55:18 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (recycling is a waste of time for hardworking taxpayers, hire the homeless to sort garbage)
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To: w1andsodidwe
yes, same reason the cops in LA park under the fwy overpasses from 11:55pm to 00:25am on New Years Eve.
19 posted on 09/18/2003 12:57:07 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: w1andsodidwe
Oh? I was raised in NYC, you should have heard the guns go off on my block on VJ Day 1945. The neighbors woke us up at 4AM shooting their shotguns in the center of the street. It stopped when they ran out of ammo.
20 posted on 09/18/2003 1:27:22 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Beware! The Bush Action Figure will be the DEM's Voodoo doll!)
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To: adam_az
"Yes, do it for the chiiiiiiillllldrrrrreeeen! "


21 posted on 09/18/2003 1:51:21 PM PDT by DannyTN (Note left on my door by a pack of neighborhood dogs.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
you should have heard the guns go off on my block on VJ Day 1945.

Sorry I missed it. Unfortunately that was a couple years before I was born.

22 posted on 09/18/2003 1:52:32 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (recycling is a waste of time for hardworking taxpayers, hire the homeless to sort garbage)
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To: thinktwice
"Americans used to celebrate shooting guns into the air, too; then ... along came liberalism. "

When I was a kid we were taught gun saftey, including

You think maybe it was just common sense that stopped us from firing guns in the air and not liberalism.

23 posted on 09/18/2003 1:57:41 PM PDT by DannyTN (Note left on my door by a pack of neighborhood dogs.)
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To: DannyTN
No, I agree with you that it is a totally different situation, and that people should not be shooting firearms in the air under martial law unless they want to be thought of as a combatant... Especially because the enemy combatants don't wear uniforms and so look just like anyone else. Even if it LOOKS like a wedding party and the guests pull out kalishnikovs and start shooting - it could be a setup.

I was making fun of US gun "control" advocates, not the idea of arms control in a conquered country.

Sorry for the confusion!
24 posted on 09/18/2003 2:00:37 PM PDT by adam_az
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To: adam_az
Glad you clarified. We agree.
25 posted on 09/18/2003 2:01:53 PM PDT by DannyTN (Note left on my door by a pack of neighborhood dogs.)
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To: luck of the irish
Loved that video. It appeared to take quite a while between firing the gun and the impact. It sounded like they would fire then someone would shout "GUN READY", then many seconds later you'd see the explosion. Also, what was the cannon being fired the most? There seemed to be numerous smaller explosions and an occasional large explosion.
26 posted on 09/18/2003 2:11:25 PM PDT by mikegi
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To: Hodar
Well, the way I heard this story was:
Iraqi gun battle turns into wedding celebration.
27 posted on 09/18/2003 2:12:10 PM PDT by Warren
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To: Shermy
Depriving them of receiving a J DAM is not henerous!
28 posted on 09/18/2003 3:09:03 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Warren
"Iraqi gun battle turns into wedding celebration. "

Do they have shotgun weddings over there?

29 posted on 09/18/2003 3:12:56 PM PDT by DannyTN (Note left on my door by a pack of neighborhood dogs.)
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To: luck of the irish
Wow! I'm glad I'm on our side! Do you know the background on this video?



30 posted on 09/18/2003 4:50:37 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (USA!)
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To: freepatriot32
Why don't these people just throw rice, like sane people do?

LQ
31 posted on 09/18/2003 9:13:59 PM PDT by LizardQueen
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To: mikegi
the ac130 spectre:

two M61 20mm Vulcan cannons "this is my guess"
with 3,000 rounds
one L60 40mm Bofors cannon
with 256 rounds
one M102 105mm howitzer
with 100 rounds

other info found here :
http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/ac-130.htm
32 posted on 09/19/2003 6:26:29 AM PDT by luck of the irish
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To: Tunehead54
"Wow! I'm glad I'm on our side! Do you know the background on this video? "

Long story but here is the short version..
I was feeling a bit depressed and felt like we weren’t doing enough to the enemy (at this time Afghanistan) and started to search for footage. This was a mountain raid in Afghanistan it cheered me up. I thank god that we have a president in office as great as BUSH!! God knows Gore would have sat the terrorist down for story time. :)
33 posted on 09/19/2003 6:36:30 AM PDT by luck of the irish
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To: LizardQueen
Why don't these people just throw rice, like sane people do?

I thought everyone knew that! Rice kills birds when they eat it and it swells up in their stomach. We wouldn't want the birds in Iraq exposed to this hazard, now would we?

34 posted on 09/19/2003 7:46:36 AM PDT by Flint
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To: Flint
"Rice kills birds when they eat it and it swells up in their stomach."

Wondering how Birds in China cope with massive rice fields set me to thinking that maybe this is just an old wives tail. So I checked in with Cecil to see what he thought.

Straight Dope on Wedding Rice

35 posted on 09/19/2003 2:47:09 PM PDT by DannyTN (Note left on my door by a pack of neighborhood dogs.)
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