- (AFP) -- The US military has acknowledged its troops
in Iraq killed a Reuters cameraman in Iraq, saying they thought his camera
was a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.
- Navy Captain Frank Thorp, a spokesman for the chairman
of the joint chiefs of staff, has given the explanation to Reuters in Washington.
- Forty-three-year-old cameraman Mazen Dana was shot and
killed on Sunday while filming near a US-run prison on the outskirts of
- Witnesses say he was shot by soldiers on an American
- Meanwhile, a former US diplomat who resigned over the
Iraq war has described US President George W. Bush as a "very weak"
man led by the hand into battle by Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
- Brady Kiesling, who was political counsellor at the US
embassy in Athens at the time of his resignation in February, said in an
open letter published by Greek daily To Vima today that Rumsfeld exploited
the war to increase his own power.
- Kiesling - whose warning that US aims in Iraq were "incompatible
with American values" struck a chord with the predominantly anti-war
Greeks - described Bush as "a politician who badly wants to appear
strong but in reality is very weak".
- He said Rumsfeld led Bush by the hand into war, marginalised
the secret services who had doubts about the war, and emerged as the top
politician in Washington.
- "Easy to convince, (Bush) blindly believed in Rumsfeld's
assurances that the occupation of Iraq would pay for itself," Kiesling
- "The longer we remain in Iraq, the more the resistance
to the American presence is going to be a source of legitimacy for the
extremists," he said. He called for an expanded role for the United
Nations and the European Union in the reconstruction of Iraq.
- Kiesling said he regretted that US intelligence services
had not spoken out about untruths concerning Iraqi weapons of mass destruction,
which he added had humiliated the United States and damaged its closest
ally, Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain.