Recent reports by naive bloggers and “news” sites are claiming the newly released Wikileak documents indicate U.S. troops were involved in large-scale killings of civilians in Iraq. The bloggers use the SIGACTs found in Wikileak as evidence. SIGACTS (Significant Activities) means: incidents reported to Multi-National Force-Iraq.
It includes known attacks on Coalition forces, Iraqi Security Forces, the civilian population, and infrastructure. It does not include criminal activity, NOR DOES IT INCLUDE ATTACKS INITIATED BY COALITION OR IRAQI SECURITY FORCES.
The complexity and effectiveness of these attacks vary. They can range from a single insurgent firing a single shot causing no casualties to a highly coordinated complex attack using two or more weapon systems.
After reviewing the Wikileak documents, credible sources such as the New York Times show that most of the civilians killed were done by other Iraqis in sectarian fighting and civil war.
- Wikileaks Iraq: what’s wrong with the data? (guardian.co.uk)
- Factbox: What’s in WikiLeaks’ Iraq war logs? (reuters.com)