Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Halliburton Convoy Allegedly Attacked, Abandoned by US Troops

Video allegedly recording events in Iraq approximately one year ago are surfacing today, courtesy of former Halliburton employee, Preston Wheeler, who was driving one of the trucks involved in the alleged incidents. Watch the video yourself right now or on ABC News tonight.

According to ABC News Journalist, Brian Ross, the Halliburton convoy made a wrong turn and this is what happened.

Ross reports on The Blotter
Once insurgents opened fire and disabled four trucks, the personnel carrier can be seen racing ahead.
The tape documents the final 15 minutes of the convoy's run out of Camp Anaconda, near Balad, Iraq. On the video segment shown, I see only two vehicles--the one carrying the videographer and one ahead of it. I don't actually see a "personnel carrier" at all. I definitely see the gunfire near the videographer stirring dirt on the road.
Wheeler says it was 45 minutes before a U.S. military force returned. By then, Wheeler says, he had seen two drivers shot at point-blank range.

Wheeler says the military commander took a wrong turn, and the convoy ended up in a neighborhood known as an insurgent stronghold.

Wheeler says Halliburton did not provide any of the drivers with maps or even rudimentary drawings of the location.

He says when he was hired by Halliburton he was promised the trucks would be equipped with bullet proof glass and armed guards every third truck.

I notice all this is Wheeler's word. Still, he was the only survivor and "his story" is written by the survivors, right?

My initial reaction to the video was "Why on G-d's Green Earth are they unarmed in the middle of a war zone?" then I read the above remarks alleged Halliburton had provided "one armed guard every third truck." If it were me, I'd get licensed and carry my own, thanks (or not go into a war zone no matter what the employer claims - geez! use your head, idiot!)
Wheeler says he was told not to talk to the press. A Halliburton security guard wanted to delete the video of the ambush so that it would not become public, he says. "He was afraid it was going to get on the Internet," Wheeler says.

Gee, guess the Halliburton security guard was right--it made it to the net, even if it took a year to do so!

So, where's the rest of the film?


Blogger Goesh said...

The real issue at hand is the sickening reality that the worry over civilian deaths equals if not outweighs the concern for the well being of coalition forces and support personnel. Upon receiving fire, overwhelming return fire should be brought to bear on the area. The so called innocent civilians, if they want to remain alive, can choose to get out of the area when their armed kinsmen show up or they can prevent them from coming into the neighborhood in the first place.

Thu Sep 28, 06:57:00 AM CDT  

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