In his latest dispatch, entitled "Bless the Beasts and Children", Michael Yon, reports on the horrific discoveries made by US and Iraqi forces in a small village just outside Baqubah.
Yon goes on to describe what took place:
On 29 June, American and Iraqi soldiers were again fighting side by side as soldiers from Charley Company 1-12 CAV-led by Captain Clayton Combs-and Iraqi soldiers from the 5th IA, closed in on a village on the outskirts of Baqubah. The village had the apparent misfortune of being located near a main road-about 3.5 miles from FOB Warhorse-that al Qaeda liked to bomb. Al Qaeda had taken over the village.
The village was abandoned. All the people were gone. But where?
I told the Iraqi commander, Captain Baker, that it was important that Americans see this; he took me around the graves and showed more than I wanted to see. He said the people had been murdered by al Qaeda. I made video of him speaking, and of the horrible scene.
There were bodies of men, women and children. Al Qaeda slaughters families everywhere.
Soldiers from 5th IA said al Qaeda had cut the heads off the children. Had al Qaeda murdered the children in front of their parents? Maybe it had been the other way around: maybe they had murdered the parents in front of the children. Maybe they had forced the father to dig the graves of his children.
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Talk Show America 7/05/2007