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Last updated: 23 april, 2010 - 13:41 GMT

US veterans write apology letter to Iraqis following WikiLeaks video

Frame grab image from footage released by Wikileaks

WikiLeaks say the footage comes from cameras on US Apache helicopters

Two former US soldiers, who were caught up in what has become one of the most notorious incidents in Iraq, have written an open letter to the Iraqi people asking for forgiveness.

Earlier this month, the website WikiLeaks released video footage which it said was of an American Apache helicopter attack on two groups of people in Baghdad in 2007.

In the video, the pilots see what they determine to be a group of about eight insurgents on a street, and kill them using the Apache's cannon.

Then a van drives onto the scene, and appears to starts picking up the wounded. It too is fired upon. Altogether around 12 people were killed.

In the video, US ground troops can be seen trying to help the wounded.

Two of the soldiers who witnessed the attack on the ground, Ethan McCord and Josh Steiber, have written a letter of apology, which Ethan McCord reads from on the World Today.

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Ethan McCord explains what happened on that day in 2007.

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First broadcast 23 April 2010

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