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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Why a US tank fired on the Palestine Hotel during the attack on Baghdad

The Reuters cameraman Protsyuk, killed by a US tank shell:
Outside room 1502, Khaiber was photographing the aircraft from the balcony to the east. On the adjacent balcony was one of the occupants of the room, Taras Protsyuk, a Ukrainian-born Reuters TV cameraman, Protsyuk’s camera was set up on a tripod, but he wasn’t filming at the moment. On the balcony directly below, Jose Couso, a Spanish cameraman for Spain’s Telecinco, had set up his camera and was filming the battle across the river.
A US armoured unit crossing a bridge was under mortar attack. The tank commander:
Gibson dropped down and looked through the tank’s magnified sights. The gunner had the sights on 3X magnification. Gibson punched it up to 10X. It was difficult to see through the haze and smoke, but when Gibson scanned the high-rise building the gunner had indicated, he saw a figure holding what appeared to be a pair of binoculars next to something on a tripod.

In his tank at the edge of the bridge, Lustig heard Gibson describe the tripod and “some kind of optics.” Lustig thought it might be a GLLD, a ground/vehicular laser locater designator-a tripod-mounted laser targeting device used by forward observers to direct artillery fire.
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Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 10/22/2005 04:16:00 PM

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lustig seems a bit CHTP ban't hack the pace, if you are out there killing people you need to kill the right ones or you may as well be on the other side.

- Wind up

10/22/2005 11:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't Hack The Pace of course

- Wind up

10/22/2005 11:54:00 PM  
Blogger Chefen said...

You should leave the typos in wind up, your posts make more sense that way.

10/23/2005 01:43:00 AM  
Blogger Psycho Milt said...

The only bit that really counts is not killing the ones wearing your uniform, but even that happens. Killing only the right people is a job for gods, not soldiers.

10/23/2005 01:56:00 AM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Wind Up and his Quisling mates studiously ignore the remarkable lengths the Allies go to in order to protect journalists, including the enemy sympathisers. Is there a similar account of the care taken by the head hackers and their backers?

10/23/2005 06:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quisling, adolf? What's the word for someone who supports the foreign policy of a state other than his own?...traitor?

johnie

10/23/2005 07:59:00 AM  

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