AP, not very accurate
I just wanted to cite this Associated Press story as an example of how news from Iraq gets misreported by the wire services and other western media: the AP says that six of Chalabi's bodyguards were killed in an explosion yesterday in Mansour, while Chalabi escaped unharmed.
The truth is that Chalabi wasn't even in the convoy, in fact I don't think he's in Iraq at this very moment. There were no fatalities, although six bodyguards were injured, not life threatening. And they weren't Chalabi's guys, they were the guards for one of his relatives who holds an important position in Iraq's mixed mercantile system, independent of Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress. This official suffered minor injuries to the face and neck.
The suicide attack could have been a lot worse had it not been for the bravery of one of the drivers in the security convoy who intercepted the suicide bomber (...who was driving a GMC suburban rigged with heavy explosives) with his own armored SUV and pushed him out of the way. That brave bodyguard survived the explosion.
As always, the AP quotes an official in Chalabi's office. The story thus looks very solid. I could be wrong, but I don't think so. I'd like some other reporter to take another look at this and check out the AP's info versus mine. But I'm sure that those six alleged fatalities would make into to the tallies of this month's dead anyway, even though they are very much alive.
UPDATE: Chalabi is in Iraq, but he wasn't in the targeted convoy. The confusion seems to stem that both convoys had left the same place (Ibrahim al-Jaafari's house) and while Chalabi's headed in one direction, the targeted convoy protecting the other official headed in another. One source tells me that two of the six injured guards died today in Kadhimiyeh Hospital as a result of burns sustained in the attack. They were exposed to the blast as they were in the back of a pick-up truck.
The AP needs to re-check and correct its story.