Wikileaks.org has posted this video of the July 12, 2007 firefight that allegedly killed a group of eleven unarmed civilians including Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, his driver Saeed Chmagh, and wounded two children among others. The Associated Press has confirmed the authenticity of the video with military sources. The video is from the point of view of the U.S. Apache helicopter. At one point in the video the shooters can be heard asking for permission to engage, and one says “Light ’em up!” Some men drop immediately, while at least one can be seen scrambling to get away. “Ah, yeah, look at those dead bastards. Nice,” one shooter says. The military had initially claimed that all those killed were anti-Iraqi forces or insurgents.
Part 1: It’s clear to me even from this tiny video that the one they targeted was carrying a camera and not an AK-47 although within the group, there does appear to be someone carrying some kind of firearm. After the initial gunfire, a van approached to help the wounded. The shooter ask for permission to engage and when it was not immediately granted, he can be heard saying “Come on, let us shoot!” Shortly later, they are given permission to engage even though no one is armed and they are only moving the wounded. The Apache opens fire again and kill another four to five more. The shooter can then be heard laughing. Ground troops then move in and find two children in the van including one that was wounded in the stomach.
Part 2: In this video of the aftermath, one shooter can be heard saying “ah damn, oh well” when informed one of the wounded was a young girl who had been shot in the stomach. At one point, the shooter thinks he sees a ground vehicle run over a body and laughs about it.
A good analysis of the video here from a veteran.