U.S. Soldiers Kill, Rob a U.S. Operative in Iraq

Ameer Mahmoud Farhan, a documented “co-operator with U.S. forces,” was shot six times in a raid on his home Oct. 18. From the David Frum-endorsed Iraq Today:

Rasheed Lateef, a neighbor, says he saw American Humvees and three armed vehicles surround Farhan’s house as two helicopters hovered above. “They destroyed the door of the kitchen, and after that we heard the sound of machine gun fire.”

Laith Farhan, Farhan’s son, came out to see what was wrong with his father when he heard the loud noises.

“He was surprised when he saw them inside our house, and immediately the soldiers shouted at him. Before I knew it, I saw my father on the floor of the kitchen, swimming in his blood.”

Laith was also injured by shrapnel and was taken to one of the Humvees and then onto a helicopter. “They took me by the helicopter to the base to treat me there. They stole everything from my house; 32 ounces of gold, $1200 and ID350,000 and they distributed it among themselves in front of my eyes.”

Farhan’s wife, who asked to be mentioned only as S.A, says she was also handled roughly.

“When I tried to help my husband the soldiers grabbed me, and they prevented me from getting a last look at my husband,” said S.A, sobbing.

I wonder if Frum and Andrew Sullivan will continue to promote the “revealing, thought-provoking” Iraq Today as a “great source on Iraq.”