- - Tuesday, July 6, 2010

IRAQ

Soldier faces charges over video leak

BAGHDAD | A U.S. soldier suspected of leaking a military video of an attack on unarmed men in Iraq was charged with multiple counts of mishandling and leaking classified data and putting national security at risk.

Army Spc. Bradley Manning, 22, is suspected of leaking a classified video that shows a group of men walking down the street before being repeatedly shot by Apache helicopters. The American gunners can be heard laughing and referring to the men as “dead bastards.”

The classified video was taken from the cockpit during a 2007 firefight and posted in April on the website Wikileaks.org. It was an unflattering portrait of the war that raised questions about the military’s rules of engagement and whether more should be done to prevent civilian casualties.

Among those believed to have been killed in the attack were Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his driver Saeed Chmagh, 40. Two children were wounded.

Spc. Manning, from Potomac, Md., was detained in Baghdad in early June and is now being held in Kuwait.

A military version of a grand jury hearing will determine if Spc. Manning should face a trial by court-martial, the Army’s statement also said, adding that a criminal investigation is still open.

EGYPT

Bus driver shoots workers, kills 6

CAIRO | A construction firm bus driver fatally shot six workers and wounded six others as he sprayed passengers with gunfire near the Egyptian capital on Tuesday, a senior local official said.

“Six employees were killed and six others wounded before the other workers were able to overpower” the driver, said provincial Gov. Fathi Saad.

The driver for the company Arab Contractors was taking 22 employees to their workplace in Giza when he stopped the bus at Meniel Shiha, 12 miles south of Cairo, and suddenly started firing.

The gunman was arrested, but no immediate word emerged on his motives, although survivors were quoted as saying the driver had been suffering depression due to a job transfer.

ISRAEL

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