McCord told the World Socialist News Web site the implementation of an order for “360 rotational fire nal fire” in 2007 by a battalion commander was a new “SOP” (standard operating procedure). McCord said in an April 2010 interview:

“We had a pretty gung-ho commander, who decided that because we were getting hit by IEDs a lot, there would be a new battalion SOP. He goes, ‘If someone in your line gets hit with an IED, 360 rotational fire. You kill every motherfucker on the street.’

The killings which McCord said he witnessed would have been egregious, systematic, and calculated. The order also would undo all that many well-meaning American soldiers have been trying to accomplish in Iraq.


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