Unconventional thinking about the Middle East.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

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.


Blogger bg said...


thank goodness for people like you TG.. you not
only fact check WaPo/AP/NYT/MSM stories, but
fact check your own as well.. (thumbsup)


4:41 PM, September 08, 2008

Anonymous C. Jordan said...

Thank you TG!
Keep up the great work.

You make Iraq proud.
Long live a FREE Iraq.

7:23 AM, September 09, 2008

Blogger Jaguar b. p. said...

I got this from an Iraqi Shiعa guy in Baghdad

do you think iraqi's are stupid, US trained iraqi's en the iraqi's use the knowledge to bomb us vehicles and bases. when US attacks iran all iraqi's turn on usa.. don't think we are that easy.. you guys are so stupid. you will see when the time is right

Is this true, the followers of Ahl al-Bayt are loyal to Iran and not the U.S.

11:23 AM, September 09, 2008

Blogger MulberryNews said...

Oakley Sunglasses Cheap feature associates designed bghviyr just like teardrops. These kinds Half X Oakley of associates are usually a bit convex, as opposed to simply smooth. this sort of Oakley Sunglasses Discount associates are usually supposed to offer enough defense to your eye-sight and also fantastic eye-sight Sale Oakley Sunglasses defense. The particular associates regarding this sort of Oakley Jawbone are typically gray along with mirrored. The particular earpieces inside substance casings Oakley Stpl Jawbone are usually produced to fit perfectly guiding your hearing. Half X have got lengthy recently been popular together with each and every affiliate marketer employees Oakley Sunglasses Outlet and also law enforcement officials.

12:23 AM, July 30, 2011

Blogger moncler said...

Moncler Sito Ufficiale, Piumini Moncler è stata fondata in Francia nel 1952
Moncler Sito Ufficiale
Moncler sito ufficiale, Piumini Moncler risparmiare
Piumini Moncler
In winter,piumini moncler is our necessities.We can buy them in moncler
Giubbotti Moncler
Moncler,Piumini Moncler, Moncler Piumini, Moncler Sito Ufficiale, Piumini Moncler Donna, Piumini Moncler Uomo
Moncler Outlet
Moncler outlet negozio online, abbiamo piรน economico e migliore Moncler uomo

12:27 AM, November 23, 2011

Blogger 艾丰 said...

adidas shoes
cheap nhl jerseys
ugg australia
converse shoes
nike air force 1
oakley sunglasses
replica watches
air max 90
michael kors handbags
burberry sunglasses on sale
burberry outlet
babyliss pro
michael kors outlet online
ralph lauren outlet
ferragamo outlet
coach outlet
uggs outlet
louis vuitton pas cher
coach outlet
ferragamo shoes
christian louboutin outlet
kobe 9
basketball shoes
tory burch outlet online
michael kors factory outlet
ugg outlet
coach outlet
louis vuitton handbags
cartier uk
the north face jacket
snapbacks wholesale
louis vuitton outlet

1:56 AM, August 12, 2016

Blogger raybanoutlet001 said...

michael kors outlet
michael kors handbags
miami heat
colts jerseys
ralph lauren outlet
nike trainers uk
asics shoes
cowboys jerseys
michael kors uk
nike air huarache

6:15 PM, June 12, 2017

Blogger Yaro Gabriel said...


longchamp handbags
pandora charms
wizards jerseys
fitflops shoes
oakley sunglasses
christian louboutin outlet
birkenstock sandals
golden goose sneakers
coach outlet
jack wolfskin

8:30 PM, May 24, 2018

Anonymous Obat Herbal Untuk Penyakit Chikungunya said...

Terima kasih artikelnya sangat membantu sekali mudah-mudahan artikel ini bermanfaat bagi semua.

Cara Mengatasi Penyakit Kuning Yang Tak Kunjung Sembuh

6:42 AM, August 31, 2018

Blogger jeje said...

moncler jackets
james harden shoes
louboutin shoes
coach outlet online

ray ban sunglasses
pandora outlet
ugg outlet

6:23 PM, October 23, 2018


Post a Comment

<< Home