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Chapter 12: Investigative Reporting
Time and Haditha
Before Time magazine published its report ‘One Morning in Haditha’ (27 03 06), the media had frequently alleged that American soldiers, hit by bombs in Iraq, had fired indiscriminately, killing civilians. But most of these allegations left open the possibility that the shootings were accidental or in response to insurgent fire. Accounts of the Haditha incident, which took place on 19 November 2005, could have been similarly vague. According to a US Marine communiqué, a bomb went off, killing a marine and 15 civilians. Marines came under fire which they returned, killing eight insurgents.
However, Time went to Haditha and interviewed local people, including six whose relatives had died. One of the six was nine-year-old Eman Waleed who described how her ...