Apr. 7, 2005 – US troops shot and wounded an Iraqi freelance cameraman who works for CBS News, saying they mistook his video camera for a weapon. Soldiers reportedly shot the cameraman, whose name was not published by Reuters at the request of CBS, while he was covering a firefight in Mosul.
According to a statement released by the military, US troops had been involved in a shootout with at least one suspected insurgent who was "waving an AK-47 and inciting a crowd of civilians." During the incident, soldiers fired at "an individual that appeared to have a weapon who was standing near the insurgent." The military says the incident is under investigation.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an international media watchdog, US troops killed "at least nine journalists and two media support staff" in Iraq between March 2003 and February 2005. American soldiers have also been accused of torturing and sexually abusing three Iraqis who worked for Reuters. Last month, the Army announced it had cleared the accused soldiers of any wrongdoing in that case without interviewing the three Iraqi survivors.