Video of Soldiers in Iraq Gains Attention - KLFY News 10

November 13, 2006

Video of Soldiers in Iraq Gains Attention

Some Acadiana national guardsmen are making headlines this week on a popular internet news site.

The video tape is raising some eyebrows and prompting a formal response from the U.S. military.

At first glance, it looks like a snap shot of the kind of treatment some Iraqi prisoners were subject to Abu Ghrabe prison.

And, that was the image displayed on the "Drudge Report" website.

But that was just one still shot taken from a much longer video, a video that shows a group of male soldiers using a large roll of rigging tape to incapacitate a female soldier.

The shoulder patches appear to be those of the 256th, but their actual identities are unknown.

A spokesman for the military's Central Command says it's also unclear when or where the video was filmed.

But, judging from the scenery in the background, the location is most likely somewhere in Iraq.

A spokesman for the Central Command can't confirm that, but says it appears the female soldier was a willing participant in what it calls a prank and that there was no malicious intent.

Judging from the demeanor of those involved in taping up and tickling the female soldier and the laughing coming from everyone, including the female soldier, the military says it views the video as service members capturing a few minutes of amusement with fellow members of their unit.

At this point, and without further information, there is no reason to believe otherwise.

There is no indication where the "Drudge Report" came by the video.

The internet news site has been in existence since 1994.

Its biggest claim to fame was being the first news source to break the news of the Monica Lewinsky scandal involving President Clinton.

Chuck Huebner, TV 10 Eyewitness News

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