U.S. soldiers fired a warning shot near a woman who "appeared to be signaling to someone" along a dangerous stretch of road north of Baghdad, but the bullet killed a young Iraqi girl, a military official said early Thursday.
The shooting took place Wednesday where several roadside bombs had recently been found in the volatile Diyala province. An exact location was not given in a military statement.
The girl appeared to be "around 10 years old," said Maj. Brad Leighton, a military spokesman.
There has been an increase in the use of women as suicide bombers in Iraq. But Leighton said preliminary reports indicated that soldiers didn't believe the woman posed a threat of being a bomber. Rather "they were afraid she was signaling to someone that the convoy was going by."
Yeah, I know what I'm getting into by posting this latest morsel:
"This sort of thing is inevitable."
"We sincerely regret this incident."
You know what? Fuck that.
Sometime during the last year I've abandoned the anti-war crowd in favor of the Genuinely Frightened crowd. It's not nearly as much fun, incidentally: no protests, no sociable gatherings, no documentary film festivals, no guest speakers, and no petitions to help dull the pain. Just depression and the jarring sense of one's own uselessness.