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U.S. acknowledges Baghdad victims were law-abiding, not insurgents.

By Leila Fadel, McClatchy Newspapers
Sun Jul 27, 7:40 PM ET

BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military said Sunday that the three people killed last month after U.S. soldiers shot at their car in one of the most secured areas of Iraq were civilians, not criminals as the military initially reported.

The correction came more than a month after a bank manager at a branch inside the airport, Hafeth Aboud Mahdi , and two female bank employees were shot at by U.S. soldiers as they sped to work on a road within the secured airport compound. The road is used only by people with high-level security clearance badges. The car veered off the road, hit a concrete blast wall and burst into flames.

The original statement said that Mahdi and the two women were "criminals" and that an American convoy on the side of the secured road came under small-arms fire from the vehicle. Soldiers said they sho


Added: Jul-28-2008 
By: InConstantSorrow
Iraq, Middle East
Tags: Iraq, civilian, US, death, apology
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