March 29, 2011

Armed Insurgents Gunned Down; Rolling Stone Sells It As Murder

Watching the video, the shooting certainly seems legitimate to me. One of the insurgents appears to be armed with a rifle. He raised it when they drove around the bend and saw the U.S. Troops. The other insurgent had several ammunition magazines strapped to his body.

The video caption at Rolling Stone reads (all emphasis mine):

The clip presented here is excerpted from 'Motorcycle Kill,' a video collected and shared by members of the “kill team” of U.S. soldiers who murdered civilians in Afghanistan and mutilated the corpses. The jumpy, 30-minute video – shot by soldiers believed to be with another battalion in the 5th Stryker Brigade – shows American troops gunning down two Afghans on a motorcycle who may have been armed. Even if the killings were part of a legitimate combat engagement, however, it is a clear violation of Army standards to share such footage. The video was taken on patrol with a helmet-mounted camera; at one point, the soldier shooting the images can be heard boasting, “I got it all on camera.”

So, the unauthorized release of video footage of a "legitimate combat engagement" now equates with murder?

Unfortunately, the actual content of this video will be ignored. The fact the motorcyclists were armed and attempted to fire on the Troops will become irrelevant. Meanwhile the leftist, anti-American narrative of 'cold-blooded murder' will be perpetuated.

Update and video below the fold. Judge for yourself. It is somewhat graphic, so be warned.

Update: Comments about the "motorcycle kill" video from Michael Yon (thanks, Rob):

The Taliban on the motorcycle were killed during an intense operation in the Arghandab near Kandahar City. People who have been to the Arghandab realize the extreme danger there. The Soviets got beaten horribly in the Arghandab, despite throwing everything including the Soviet kitchen sink into the battle that lasted over a month. Others fared little better. To my knowledge, 5/2 and supporting units were the first ever to take Arghandab, and these two dead Taliban were part of that process.

The killing of the armed Taliban on the motorcycle was legal and within the rules of engagement. Law and ROE are related but separate matters. In any case, the killing was well within both the law and ROE. The Taliban on the back of the motorcycle raised his rifle to fire at our Soldiers but the rifle did not fire. I talked at length with several of the Soldiers who were there and they gave me the video. There was nothing to hide. I didn’t even know about the story until they told me. It can be good for Soldiers to shoot and share videos because it provides instant replay and lessons learned. When they gave me the video and further explained what happened, I found the combat so normal that I didn’t even bother publishing it, though I should have because that little shooting of the two Taliban was the least of the accomplishments of these Soldiers, and it rid the Arghandab of two Taliban.

The video:

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