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Minister Keheliya Rambukwella calls for US investigation on Iraq deaths

Government Defence Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told Daily Mirror online that while the US has been accusing Sri Lanka of human rights allegations and have repeatedly called for a war crime probe, they seem to have ‘conveniently forgotten’ its own issues in Iraq.

Minister Rambukwella also called on the US to conduct an investigation on it’s own troops before pointing fingers at developing countries, Daily Mirror reported.

The video was released by WikiLeaks.org, and several news analysts reported that the leaked video signifies growing power of independent Web journalism.

According to Yahoo! News, "WikiLeaks appears to be far from done. The group is openly soliciting donations to defray the expenses involved in the upcoming release of another video that allegedly documents other civilian deaths at the hands of the U.S. military, this time in Afghanistan."

Wikileaks.org

"Seven noncombatants were killed in the Baghdad attack — among them a driver (Saeed Chmagh) and photographer (Namir Noor-Eldeen) employed by the Reuters news service."

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Report on Daily Mirror online:

Lanka slams US war crimes

By Jamila Najmuddin

Sri Lanka has slammed the US saying it has blood on its hands after a shocking video showed a US aircraft firing indiscriminately towards civilians in Iraq killing atleast 25 of them including two journalists.

Government Defence Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told Daily Mirror online that while the US has been accusing Sri Lanka of human rights allegations and have repeatedly called for a war crime probe, they seem to have ‘conveniently forgotten’ its own issues in Iraq.

Minister Rambukwella also called on the US to conduct an investigation on it’s own troops before pointing fingers at developing countries.

“These are the world’s so called super powers. They have always tried to bully developing countries but have ignored the blood on their own hands. This is nothing new, it has been happening for years. They say we are guilty but we all know what happened in Iraq,” Minister Rambukwella said.

Further reacting strongly to the video Minister Rambukwella also questioned the UN on its silence and queried why the UN Secretary General was failing to appoint an expert panel to advise him on the US involvement in Iraq.

He also said that it was due to this reason, that the Sri Lankan government had always questioned the credibility of the ‘strong statements’ which were released by the west and the UN against Sri Lanka.

The investigative organization WikiLeaks, this week released military video of what it describes as three incidents of an “indiscriminate slaying” by U.S. forces near Baghdad on July 12, 2007.

WikiLeaks said the encounters killed as many as 25 civilians, including two Reuters journalists. The U.S. military said in a statement at the time that a total of 11 people died in the strikes conducted by U.S. and Iraqi forces.

The video is shot from two Apache helicopters on patrol in Iraq. The choppers were responding to reports of AK-47 gunfire in the suburb of New Baghdad when military personnel on board spotted a group of nine to 12 people walking through a courtyard.

The military contends that the U.S. followed the appropriate "Rules of Engagement" during the incidents.

The video shows military personnel aboard the Apaches indicating they spot the suspects toting several AK-47s and several RPG's. But WikiLeaks contends that the Reuters photographers were only carrying cameras, which the military mistook for weapons. The helicopters circle multiple times before opening fire.

In the second incident captured by the video, U.S. forces open fire again after a van arrives to pick up casualties from the first attack.

Later, American ground troops pull into the courtyard in an armored Humvee and appear to drive over one of the casualties.

Soon after, the same helicopters spot several individuals entering a nearby building. U.S. troops receive permission to strike again, this time with Hellfire missiles.

Julian Assange, of WikiLeaks, released the video at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. He said the behaviour of the pilots is like they're playing a video game. He also did not say how WikiLeaks obtained the video.

A senior military official at the Department of Defense told Fox News on the condition of anonymity that "an investigation of the incidents confirmed our belief that these attacks were justified."

"The individuals who were killed, apart from the Reuters journalists, were involved in hostile activity," the official said. ~ courtesy: Daily Mirror online ~

Related on NY Times Lens : Remembering Namir Noor-Eldeen (Lens is the photography blog of The New York Times, presenting the finest and most interesting visual and multimedia reporting — photographs, videos and slide shows.)

29 Comments

I wonder what we stand to gain by making such utterances. Perhaps he should be sent to make a statement on this at the UN as well or appointed Sri Lankan high commissioner in Baghdad.

Posted by: SriLankan | April 7, 2010 02:26 AM

He is a minster without any common sense and wisdom. One can imagine the level of intelligence of the person who had given him such minister post. A pool of d_ _ _ _ _ s are sitting there.

Posted by: Mayu | April 7, 2010 04:13 AM

Its Ok for 'Ram" to point fingers to US but the question is like the kettle calling the pot black!
At least in Iraq they had an international journalist presence in Iraque. How about Sri Lanka?
We only had the Rambo types as well as the "Hindu" which has been known to have close connections with the Rajapakse clan!
Perhaps you should also compare the Bush mission accomplishment speech to Rajapakse's Tamil speech in Jaffna challenging the Tamils almost like a colonizing General.

Posted by: jamshadin Nalim | April 7, 2010 08:52 AM

At least US didn't say that it's a sophisticated video trick made my someone else.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2010 01:44 PM

My goodness what a silly cunt this bugger is. A monkey from a banan republic which kills it's own (both sinhala and tamils..not to mention muslims) pointing fingers at the US where although there may be debate for the war it is still covered fairly openly! If these half wits had given such coverage they would all be playing with their tits at the Hague!

Posted by: LankaFan | April 7, 2010 01:51 PM

We see a real massacre here in this video but these damn bulls are talking about damn politics and common sense.

Do we have hearts to justify these types of killings and just ignoring and keep going with damn shit.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2010 02:06 PM

Mr Ban ki Moon, UN Secretary General, DOn't you think this is a more clear cut violation of human rights and should be followed up by you and your Navi Pillay before chasing shadows about Sri Lanka?

Posted by: Don | April 7, 2010 02:08 PM

self inforce official terrorist vs innocent civilian hello B K MOOOOOOOON?

Posted by: raajan | April 7, 2010 02:35 PM

Why Sri Lankans always put down their own people and their motherland.
If you had read CNN internet edition yesterday.There was an article US troopskilling of 7 innocent family members of a family celebrating the birth of a child.US troops not only killed them.But,removed all the bullets from the dead and the walls surrounding areas to hide evidence.First they denied the incident.Now,they agree to disagree. No,Human Rights /UN or Amesthi International investigations on that incident.WHY???????????

Having said that,I simply don't care wht the uS or Sri Lankan forces do.They all have to depend on third party information to crush terrorists in a foreign land the troops are not familier with.
We fought awar for 30 years.Destroyed from the small guy to the big guyLTTE who were kleeping poor innocent civiliens as a shield.So,BIG DEAL??????

Posted by: Lasan de Silva | April 7, 2010 02:54 PM

This is called double standards by US and rest of the Europe. Where is Vanking Moon &
Miller Ban. Are they going to make a press conference???
Sri Lanka should summon US ambassador to SL and ask for an explanation.
Well done Rambukwella. Keep pressing US & UN.
I have mentioned many times if Mahinda Rajapaksha were to go before War Tribunal then US president, Bush, and the UK prime minister MUST go before the Tribunal first.

Posted by: S Wickramasingh | April 7, 2010 03:31 PM

Utter nonsense, what can we say he is part of the MR quasi regime. Release SF!!
Find the killer of Lasantha, let's send MR clan to international court of all the atrocities unleashed on minorities and Sinhalas.

Posted by: Jey | April 7, 2010 04:56 PM

Keheiya is a Open Mouth Idiot uttering things to gain Popu;arity among foolish Sri Lankans.
By his foolish utterences its Sri Lanka that going get affecectd.These idiotic Ministers have earned enough Monies & they do not care about the poor masses.
I think high time Presidebt keep their Mouths SHUT at least now.
Otherwise our country will have to suffer.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 7, 2010 05:11 PM

THIS GUY HAS SO MUCH OF SHIT IN HIS BACKYARD BUT TO POINT FINGERS WITH SUPERPOWERS.HE IS ALL OUT FOR CHEAP PUBLICITY IN THIS ELECTION TIME HOPING FOR A NATIONAL SEAT.

THERFORE HE WANT TO COVER FOR THIS RUG.. REGIME AS TO IMPRESS THE PRESIDENT,MR. KEHELIYA TAKE YOUR CASE TO THE UN NOT IN SRI LANKA ,IT DO NOT BEAR ANYTHING FOR A POWERFUL NATION ,WHEN DOGS BARKS MOUNTAINS DO NT FALL,IDIOT.

WE AS SRI LANKANS ARE SHAME WITH PEOPLE LIKE YOU,THE PERSON WHO APPOINTED YOU FOR SPEAKING OUT NONSENSE DESERVE A NOBLE PRIZE.

MY DEAR KEHELIYA IN FUTURE DO NOT UTTER NONSENSE ,MAY BE YOUR SON OR DAUGHTERS OR YOUR WIFE CAN ADVISE YOU ,THINK OF PROTOCOL,IF YOU CANNOT BE IN UN TO TAKE THIS MATTER ,AT LEAST GO TO THE OS CONSULATE .

FINALLY UN IS NOT US THEY ARE TWO BODIES ,DID YOU NOT KNOW THAT SHAME FOR THE SCHOOL OR ALA MATER.

Posted by: Sai | April 7, 2010 05:33 PM

Well Said Minister Keheliya, This double standard attitude of UN,HRW,USA & Milliband, is just simply disgusting. USA or it's closest ally UK can't raise a word against Sri Lanka on war crimes when they are the worst human rights violates on this planet. Once a super power USA has now become a 'bananna republic' in style..

Posted by: Jagath De Silva | April 7, 2010 05:52 PM

It is not Rambukwella.. It is part of bigger agenda...
China, Iran and India are using SL as puppets. SL is very much like to do it for them also SL gets energy (e.g. Iran buys huge SL Tea - as a support) for survival.

As usual SL falls into the visionless hole.

What SL do not want to remember is that if this case is investigated and given judgement, SL cannot hide themselves easily.

Posted by: kavi | April 7, 2010 06:03 PM

Isn't this idiot knows that it was some one from US armed forces leaked these videos to Wikeleaks? Yes US do have blood on its hand but most of the atrocities committed by US armed forces were brought to light by the US citizens.
This idiot telling the world to believe that the Sri Lankan armed forces didn't kill any non combatants even accidentally during their push to finish off the LTTE.
No one will forget about the premeditated murder of the 17 ACF workers at Mutur and the orchestrated killing of 5 student at Trincomalee.

Posted by: Keliyan | April 7, 2010 06:33 PM

@Sai ... You may see USA as a super power but my friend, did you know USA economy is entirely dependent on Chinese loans.The stuff that spews from your obviously un-educated mouth indicates to me that you have no idea how things really are and all that you know can be found prior to the end of your nose.

You? do not deal with facts. You are incapable of a complete and independent thought and you bloviate with the best of them. Your communication skills are that of a fourth grader along with your Intelligence Quotient. You do not live in the real world. If ignorance were bliss, youd be a saint.

Posted by: Gamlath(USA) | April 7, 2010 07:40 PM

@GAMLATH....USA.......YOU CLAIM TO BE AN INTELLECTUAL BUT HOWEVER YOU HAVE NO DIRECTION OF THE TERM ECONOMICS,I HAVE AN UNEDUCATED MOUTH SO YOU CLAIM HOWEVER I DID NOT SPEAKTHRU MY ASS N SHIT VICE VERSA.YOU SAY USA DEPENDS ON CHINESE LOANS OTHERWISE USA SINKS,THAT SHOWS YOUR MENTALITY AS SHORT KNOWLEDGE IN WORLD TRADE,IF YOU HAVE NO TIME TO GO TO A LIBRARY ,MAY BE A KID IN GRADE 4 CAN ADVISE YOU,YOU ARE A SHIP WITHOUT A RADER.I DO NOT LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD ,MAY BE YOU N YOUR MINISTER KEHELIYA DOES,YOU DO NOT GO TO CHURCH TO SWIM OR ATENNIS COURT TO PLAY GOLF,BUT TO ADRESS THE ISSUE WITH USA ,YOU HAVE TO GO TO UN OR THE US CONSULATE.THIS NATION IS SUFFERING BECAUSE OF YOU IDIOTS,FACTS ARE STUBBORN TRUTH HURTS.YOU CAN BLUFF SOME PEOPLE SOMETIME NOT ALLTHE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME,WHICH IS WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR NATION TODAY,SOLELY PEOPLE LIKE YOU N THE POLE VAULTING POLITICIANS.YOU CAN JOIN THEM FOR PETTY BENEFITS,I AM FROM DOWN DEEP SOUTH NOW IN SINGAPORE IN BISHAN.MY SINCERE ADVISE TO YOU MY FRIEND IS DO NOT MISLEAD THE PEOPLE ANYMORE,WE AS A NATION CORRECT OUR SELVES FIRST BEFORE CORRECTING OTHERS JUST AS LORD BUDDHA PEACHED,WHAT EVER RELIGION YOU ARE,DO NOT RUN DOWN ANY BODY WITH OUT KNOWING FACTS,AT LEAST ASK YOUR PARENTS OR YOUR CHILDREN IF ANY,SALAH MALEKUM,THINK OF THE ENLIGHTEN PRINCIPLES OF GAUTAMA BUDDHA.

Posted by: sai | April 8, 2010 12:11 AM

Well done Mr. Rambukwella, I hope you will win a seat in Kandy so that these stupid unpatriotic idiots who wash linen for the super powers while ridiculing our country gets a good slap in their goon faces. When it is so clear that the US military killed these civilians who were totally unarmed while calling these people bastards and laughing while riding the truck over the bodies our sri lankans morons are glorifying this gori act of the US army while voicing their political hatred ( because they are losing badly in this election)towards Mr R ambukwells.

Posted by: shashi | April 8, 2010 03:54 AM

The International Criminal Court should originate an arrest warrant to arrest Keheliya for his war crimes, because, he admits that he and the US aauthorities have committed war crimes.

Posted by: Justin | April 8, 2010 04:39 AM

USA thinks that he the World Police and try to control the entire world. The only problem is, there is no police to check the all the killings done by USA. They project themselves as saints while acting as Satan.

What is Moon ki baan is saying about these videos. He must make an oficial statements about these videos. He must appoint a panel to report before he appoints a panel to report about Sri Lanka. These crimes were carried out by USA before the so called violation by Sri Lanka.

Posted by: LKcricket | April 8, 2010 05:07 AM

Well done keheliya
the synonym is Issata uge oluwe goo penne naa. so u done a great thing.

Posted by: tony | April 8, 2010 05:45 AM

Gamlath(USA) | April 7, 2010 07:40 PM
US does not depend on China. The amount of US$ China has in its reserve will not do any harm to US as it is not bound by any standards, gold standard etc. If US and European Economic cooperation countries decide not to do buisness with China, then China has to crawl on its knee.
Easwaran

Posted by: K.Easwaran | April 8, 2010 05:47 AM

This man is like our Ratnasiri Wicremanayake (RW). RW uttered about Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky sometime back and now this idiot Kehelya comes out with another. Don't these dumb politicians know how powerful the west is? They are so powerful because those countries are built on respect for democracy/human rights/respect for law. There may have been some collateral damages but that has to be taken up at the right forum. We depend on these countries a lot more than the other way about. So Keheliya, next time if you happen to visit the western countries, just take a trip around the country to find out the truth. You can ask some of own people who have been living there. At least next time think before making such utterances as some of these countries may think that our country is banana republic because of idiotic statements like the one you made recently about USA.

Posted by: Anna | April 8, 2010 09:14 AM

This incident is sure to be investigated fully. It will not be 'swept under the carpet', nor will a White Van come for the reporter. No mobs "from a buddhist organisation" - as reported to be responsible for the MTV/Sirasa stoning incident - will stone the HQ of Wikileaks - like in sri lanka.
Websites critical of the US government are allowed free reign in the USA - anyone interested may access www.counterpunch.org

Posted by: Das | April 8, 2010 12:14 PM

All you subscribers are way off the target.

This Rambukwella guys comments are for gullible media consumption & to make a huge impact.
Behind all this is the election.;
This guy RAM has to impress his voters to gain some last minute votes.
His voters must feel that ""our minister is all powerful" in that he takes on USA.

This Rambutan has taken all commentators and & his ordinary voters on a good election ride to garner some extra votes to get elected.

This guy is an opportunists... he has taken the least path to collect a few extra votes at the expense of some gullible Voters in his electorate.
In the rush, some readers who have commented on his antics too have become gullible and is being taken for a ride.

This is election time GUYS...............

Posted by: dagobert | April 8, 2010 12:38 PM

Huh.. This is a computer Jil-Mart.

Posted by: hai | April 9, 2010 09:07 AM

dear ram,
it is quite self evident that american troops by mistake kill innocent civillians in iraq as well as afghanistan i do accept we cant call them collateral damage as claimed by americans they have to be more careful while using firepower.but srilankan govt minister cant accuse americans because atleast americans have the magnanimity of accepting the blame and they have their own press which highlights the crimes or mistakes committed by their army men.do srilankans have that ?that is a moot question does srilanka have a vibrant press which highlights the atrocities committed by srilankan army.if they do that van with a white colour with no number plate will come knocking.ok americans have killed iraqis and afghans but they did not kill their own countrymen whereas srilankan army killed their own country men who were unarmed because they spoke a different language from their own.

Posted by: jagan sriram | April 11, 2010 02:56 AM

What a sight! True, USA has got into a mire in a foreign land and finds it hard to get out of and take it out on civilians indiscriminately. This should be condemned by any right thinking citizens. But a monkey like Keheliya who supports genocide back home condemning and calling for justice make such war crimes probes undermines the nature of it.

The truth is that the man cannot keep his trap shut. Half way through the evolutionary process, he utters nonsense thinking that the world will stand by him like his murderous clan did. His wife should be awarded a Victoria Cross for tolerating and living with him!

Posted by: Kingsley | April 12, 2010 09:03 PM

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