MP for the Movement Birgitta Jónsdóttir said in an interview on Rás 2 radio this morning that Iceland should apologize to the Iraqi nation for having supported the US invasion in Iraq. The MP helped prepare the publication of a video on Wikileaks yesterday showing the US military attack journalists and civilians in Bagdad in 2007.
Iceland was on a list of nations supporting the war in Iraq. Icelandic officials promised US authorities that their military could use Icelandic airports and that Iceland would help with restoration projects in Iraq after the war ended, ruv.is reports.
The video shows how 12 people were killed in an attack by American fighter jets; among the dead were two journalists from Reuters. A high-ranking official within the US Department of Defense confirmed to the New York Times last night that the video is real.
He explained that the incident had been investigated three years ago. The attack was deemed justifiable as some of the people that were killed had been armed. The soldiers had not known that journalists were among them, visir.is reports.
In addition to Jónsdóttir, Kristinn Hrafnsson, a journalist at the Icelandic national broadcaster RÚV, and Icelandic filmmaker Ingi Ragnar Ingason, helped Wikileaks prepare the video’s publication. The video has caught world-wide attention.