Iraq War Trove of Sorrows

Anyone can find a near unlimited number of depressing things to take away from this recent leak of documents, but this one strikes me as particularly damning, specifically for the quote by the military lawyer:

In another case, in February 2007, the crew of an Apache helicopter shot and killed two Iraqi men believed to have been firing mortars, even though they made surrendering motions, because, according to a military lawyer cited in the report, “they cannot surrender to aircraft, and are still valid targets.”

The shooting was unusual. In at least three other instances reported in the archive, Iraqis surrendered to helicopter crews without being shot.

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