Black Van Dropping Off Insurgents: Excerpts from written transcript of 1st Air Cavalry Brigade investigation.
For those who are curious about the van and its prior activities, read the following from the investigation:
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Excerpt from written transcript of 1st Air Cavalry Brigade investigation dated 20/07/2007
LTC At what time did you get tally on any weapons?
CW3 We saw the RPG at the corner, and then we came around the building and saw the guys huddled with weapons just before we engaged.
LTC When did you first identify the van?
CW3 The initial indication, sir when we rolled up and checked in, they said we had a black car, blue car, can’t remember probably black, 4-door passenger vehicle that keeps dropping off enemy personnel and picking them up from that area. So out initial indication of that was when we first arrived at the scene. After the engagement, it had to have been two to three minutes maybe a little more, but we noticed another vehicle pull up. Initially (NAME REDACTED) was looking at the corner for more weapons and possibly bad guys up there. The van pulled up, guys jumped out, before we had the chance to get the line of site down there, I noticed individuals moving to where the bodies were and where the weapons were. That’s why I immediately called the ground guy and said we have guys extracting personnel and weapons.
LTC That’s good information. I didn’t read anything about the vehicle in your statement. Did the ground guys indicate that the black or blue sedan was there?
CW3 They said a black 4-door sedan. It was dropping off folks, and it was doing it all day they said. I forgot to put that in my debrief, but…
LTC The van comes up, you engage it. Did you acquire or see at anytime the size of shape of people in the van?
CW3 I saw, when they opened the doors, three to four individuals. I saw them go in and out, extract the personnel and weapons, and carry the guy back to the van. I did clear the individuals in the van.
LTC Did you see anything in the van?
CW3 I couldn’t see anything inside the van, but they ran around right after I had seen them extract weapons and individuals.
LTC As you saw on tape, they didn’t have any weapons. So, what drove you then? What threat made you want to engage the van?
CW3 Well the friendlies were 300 meters away and from the initial report that a black car, sedan had been coming and dropping off insurgents, taking them out, moving them to different locations. That was my whole thought process.
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