Tuesday, March 25, 2003
US missile hits Syrian civilians, blames Saddam.
A statement from a US spokesman at the coalition's Central Command headquarters in Qatar said that the US-led forces "regretted" the loss of life, saying the bus was destroyed while coalition forces were targeting a bridge in Rutba, a western Iraqi town near the Syrian border.
"The bus stopped on the bridge and was hit by munitions already released prior to the bus approaching the bridge," it said.
However blame for the incident was ultimately placed on the Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein.
"We regret the loss of innocent life brought on by this regime's non-compliance of UN resolutions," the statement added.
Presumably that means "if Saddam had listened to us we wouldn't have had to go to Iraq and accidentally blow the shit out of the civilians of another country altogether". Whatever, that is a fucking outrageous statement.