In 2011, WikiLeaks exposed yet another bestial manifestation of the United States’s genocidal war on Iraq. Five years earlier on March 15, 2006 in the city of Ishaqi, at least 11 Iraqi civilians were handcuffed and slaughtered by American troops. Among the lives that were so brutally taken were those of a 74 year old grandmother and five children under the age of 5, including an infant of just 5 months. The cable uncovered by WikiLeaks revealed that the doctor who performed the autopsies concluded “that all the victims had bullet shots in the head and all bodies were handcuffed.” Everyone who was living in the home was killed, including Turkiya Majeed Ali (74 years old), Faiz Hratt Khalsa (28), Sumay’ya Abdul Razzaq Khuther (24), Iqtisad Hameed Mehdi (23), Hawra’a (5), Asma’a Yousif Ma’arouf (5), Aisha (3), Usama Yousif Ma’arouf (3), Husam (5 months old), and others whose names were not recorded. After the massacre was completed, a U.S. airstrike was called in to cover up the horrific crime against innocent children, but not before a local resident was able to snap a cellphone picture of the dead bodies. This horrifying picture captures the precious faces of four of the lives that were taken from the earth before they ever had a chance to truly live.
When asked about the massacre and the subsequent coverup in 2011, the Pentagon simply gave no reply. Around the time the incident occurred, U.S. military officials in Iraq simply dismissed reports from witnesses in the area as untrue and unworthy of investigation. To this day they have refused to reveal which units were responsible for the carnage.