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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Dude, Where's My Baiji?

The New York Times has this headline today: 'Suicide Bomber Kills 17 At Feast Near Baghdad'. The attack occurred in the village of Hajaj, near the oil refinery town of Baiji, according to the report. By any measure, Baiji couldn't possibly be referred to as a place "near Baghdad" (...there's a stretch of 100 miles between the two cities). Going by scale, it's as if one reports an event from New York City and identifies the locale as a place "near Washington DC".

The NYT wants its readers to believe that Baghdad is still aflame, and will go to ridiculous lengths to leave that impression, including moving towns around the map.

I guess, by that measure, we should be thankful that the Times didn't emblazon its front-page with 'Bhutto Assassinated at a Rally Near Baghdad'.


Blogger LT Nixon said...

I think the next headline in the NYT will be "Dow Crashes, 8000 miles west of Baghdad".

8:39 AM, January 22, 2008

Blogger bg said...


LOL.. great post TG..

now we just have to wait & see if there was such a sad incident.. :( as i'm afraid there have been many recycled & imagined attacks as real ones reported by the MSM of late.. *sigh*


5:51 PM, January 22, 2008

Anonymous Soldiers Dad said...

Thanks Nibris..

I keep a spreadsheet of reported fatal incidents by Area.

The best report I could find put Hajaj near Tikrit.

I have a made up region I labeled Zaab...the triangle between Baiji, Tikrit and Qayarrah...for myown purposes...mostly because it has historicaly been Ansar AlSunna territory and keeping track of attacks by type and area is a way to look at how 'well' the various murdering thug groups are doing.

I.E. Salahadin in general is old baathist hardliner territory.

In any case...Baghdad so far in January is averaging 8 reported killings per day...4 in the Bodies found category.

9:13 AM, January 23, 2008

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