The Iraqi Union for Journalists said Friday it has demanded an apology and compensation for a U.S.-led raid on the group’s headquarters earlier this week. The U.S. military insisted American troops were not involved.
International journalism advocacy groups also expressed outrage over the raid, which occurred Monday in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Waziriyah, a predominantly Sunni area.
Reporters Without Borders said a U.S. Army mobile unit fired at the headquarters after seeing armed guards, then Iraqi soldiers stormed onto the premises, detained the guards and seized computer equipment.
“We strongly condemn this unjustified attack,” the Paris-based group said Friday in a statement. “The building’s guards were authorized to carry firearms and did not behave in an aggressive or threatening manner toward the soldiers patrolling the neighborhood.”
The chairman of the union, Shihab al-Timimi, said he had written to U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Iraqi leaders to demand an apology and compensation because the unit broke furniture and other equipment when it stormed into the building.