Video claims to show U.S. pilot dragged from crash

Video claims to show U.S. pilot dragged from crash

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – Gunmen shouting “God is Great!” dragged the burning body of what they said was a U.S. pilot in a horrific video posted Wednesday on the Web by a new al-Qaida-affiliated group that claimed it shot down an Apache helicopter last weekend. The U.S. military expressed outrage over the release of “such a despicable video for public exposure” but said it had serious doubts that the footage was authentic. The AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter was downed near Youssifiyah, 12 miles southwest of Baghdad on Saturday, killing the two pilots. A U.S. statement said troops had recovered “all available remains” although “reports of a Web site video suggest that terrorists removed part of a body from the crash site.” The flaming wreckage of a helicopter could be seen clearly in the video, including outlines of the aircraft’s blades and jagged pieces of wreckage strewn over a field. The camera panned over bloodstained debris, then showed several men dragging the burning body of a man across a field as they shouted “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Great!” Voices could be heard in the background shouting “come, come, help me carry it.” The body’s face was not visible, but the camera zoomed in on what appeared to be his waistline, which showed a scrap of underwear with the brand name “Hanes.” It appeared the man was wearing tattered digital camouflage fatigues, which are worn by U.S. troops in Iraq. The time stamp on the video, which shows the minutes and seconds, do not run sequentially, and the scenes appear disjointed. The posting also included bombing scenes filmed elsewhere, indicating the material had been edited as a propaganda package. Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a spokesman for the command, said the wreckage shown on the video “does appear to be an AH-64” but added that other helicopters of that type have been lost. “We have serious doubts about the authenticity of this video, a common tactic we see terrorist groups use to keep the stories they want alive in the media,” he said. But in Alexandria, Va., Ben Venzke, head of IntelCenter, a defense contractor that monitors militants’ statements, said it appeared on first viewing that the tape was authentic. Although the date stamp on the video was Sunday, April 2, a day after the crash, Venzke said the discrepancy could be simply a technical error in the setting. “Based on an initial review of the footage, it would seem to indicate the downing of a helicopter and the removal of crew and passengers from the craft,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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