Reuters killing justified

June 17, 2008

The Press Gazette reports that a US government inquiry into the killing of Reuters soundman Waleed Khaled and the wounding of cameraman Haider Kadhem in Iraq 2005 was justified,

The Office of the Inspector General of the US Department of Defense report into the killing of soundman Waleed Khaled and the wounding of cameraman Haider Kadhem, acknowledged that the military’s original investigation at the time of the incident had been flawed, but concluded that the shooting was consistent with the rules of engagement.link

However, an independent investigation commissioned by Reuters in 2006 with the aid of the Risk Advisory Group disagrees with the outcome of the US government enquiry,

“We conclude, based on the independent evidence and the evidence of Haider Kadhem, that no hostile act took place and no act could have been legitimately mistaken as indicating hostile intent,” the Risk Advisory’s Group’s investigation report said. link