He does give false reports on more than one occasion.
Informing that it's a armed gang. He even states that they're shooting.
Which is clearly not the case.
So he lied, to get authorisation to kill them.
He later then says he spots 6 guys all armed.
He then later says the Van is picking up bodies and weapons. When they only picked up one wounded civilian.
The guy was clearly fudging the intelligence to get clearance.
But the van was not picking up bodies or weapons.
So why would he relay that incriminating information?
they were picking bodies.
he was a suspected insurgent.
What I'm saying is there are reasons military people are trained to follow procedure, and whatever was going through his mind wasn't a good enough reason not to follow procedure. But he decided it was, and broke procedure, and now journalists are dead.
For fuck's sake, I left this thread yesterday to come back with 600 new post.
He relayed the information that the van was picking up BODIES and WEAPONS. Which is a suspicious behaviour, thus command gave him clearance to engage.
Do you honestly think they would have had clearance if they said something like they spotted a civilian vehicle, in a busy civilian suburb, and that the occupants were trying to move an unarmed wounded man?
i feel bad for you Makol, i pretty much said the exact same thing earlier and i had a bunch of guys go after me acting as if i'm trying to defend the gunner
What the people who are claiming they are not carrying weapons seem to be forgetting is that this is a warzone. Yes, they could be carrying camera equipment, but the picture is grainy and it is impossible to tell for certain what they are carrying. Out there, both on the ground and in the air, soldiers and pilots alike cannot afford to take the chance that they are not carrying weapons when they can see weapon-like objects.
I don't know what they are - it's too blurry to tell - but I don't blame the pilot for his actions. The van, I admit is slightly more controversial and I don't really have any comments on that, but I think some people need to start looking more at the weapon issue from a combat point of view.
It's a camera , not a RL. Ok I'm late.
Why cant journalists just make arrangements with the military to say "Hey, me and my guards with AKs and an rpg(hurr) are going to take pictures today, please do not shoot at us." seems like it would solve a lot of problems.
Look at how they walk in the beginning, would soldiers do that ?
I'll post this again -
Not every RPG has to be the tried and true RPG-7. What the one guy is carrying definitely fits the outline of an RPG-2, I'd say.
As for the van... really nothing to say on that.
Well icky they're not professional soldiers, they're a bunch of ordinary people who one day decided to go and shoot at people without any real training.