U.S. military says video not of Dec. 1 attack on Marines
A video purporting to show the attack that killed 10 Marines and wounded 11 others near Fallujah is “disinformation” and “false,” the U.S. military said Sunday.
On Saturday, several media outlets broadcast a short video posted to a militant Web site by a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq. In the footage, what appears to be a U.S. foot patrol, flanking a Humvee, moves down a street before being engulfed by a huge explosion and clouds of smoke.
But, the U.S. military command in Baghdad said on Sunday, “the circumstances of the [roadside bomb] attack near Fallujah do not match those shown on the video.”
“While we are unable to discern if the video is authentic, the statement claiming that the video shows the Dec. 1 … attack near Fallujah is false,” the statement read.
Few details of the incident have been released by the military, which said Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment were on a foot patrol when hit by a bomb consisting of several artillery shells wired together.
Of the 11 wounded, seven Marines returned to duty after the attack, officials said. The Marines were deployed from the 1st Marine Division at Twentynine Palms, Calif., and attached to the 2nd Marine Division while in Iraq.
It was the deadliest single combat incident since August, when a Marine patrol in an armored vehicle hit a land mine near Haditha, killing 14.
Insurgents in Iraq have taken to filming many of their attacks, using the footage as both training and recruiting materials. U.S. officials on Sunday said the video posted on Saturday was likely from an earlier, unrelated incident.
While Fallujah itself has been largely calm since a full-scale assault of the city last November, Marines say the towns surrounding it hold the remnants of many insurgent groups.