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Thursday, May 29, 2008

14 Jihadists Killed in Clash Near Tikrit

Fourteen jihadists were killed in a fire-fight with Iraqi police today on the main highway near Tikrit, as reported by Aswat al-Iraq (Arabic text).

I really liked this story. Why did I like it?

-The 14 jihadists, who the police believe were Arab nationals, were hiding in a truck carrying livestock—sheep, that is. They were believed to be escaping from the rural areas to the west of Mosul, where a military operation being conducted by the Iraqi Army has been ongoing for the last twenty days.

-The jihadist cargo was apparently discovered during a routine checkpoint screening; when caught, they opened fire and the Iraqi police responded in kind, killing most of them. One jihadist blew himself up and injured two policemen.

-The incident took place near ‘Awja, Saddam’s birthplace, 15 Km south of Tikrit.

And here’s a hunch: this group probably includes some important Al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders. If they’re not that important, then why go to all these lengths to get them out of Mosul?

All this adds up to powerful imagery: jihadists on the run, hiding among sheep (…wolves among the lambs). The vigilant ‘shepherds’ uncover the ruse and slay the jihadists. Only two policemen are wounded. All this happens near a place that most Iraqis had learned to talk about in hushes tones under the Ba’athist nightmare.

Who wants to take bets that not a single major news organization in the United States will report on it?


Another Iraqi news agency, Al-Iraq Al-Aan, has a different take on today's events in ‘Awja: 12 rather than 14 jihadists were killed, all of whom were wearing suicide vests and they were travelling in a water truck, rather than a livestock truck.

Aswat Al-Iraq has been around a lot longer than the relatively new Al-Iraq Al-Aan (…Kuwaiti funded? It’s based in the Czech Republic, and there’s a picture of an ex-Al-Hurra reporter on Newsmatique’s official website who now lives in Prague) and on that point alone Aswat Al-Iraq has more credibility.

Isn’t this a great opportunity for some western reporters to get to the bottom of this and give us the real story? Wouldn’t they feel good about doing some real reporting for a change?


Anonymous Anonymous said...


See NYTimes.com for their take on this Trojan Horse attack on the IP.



2:21 PM, May 29, 2008

Blogger Lee said...

I guess Nibras hasn't read Scott Mclellan's courageous tell all book which exposes George Bush as a manipulative propagandist. Sure, Iraq is improving. But we can't allow a few trivial things like lives being saved or eliminating terrorists dissuade us from achieving a grander agenda - to stop George Bush once and for all, even though his term ends next year.

Remember - if you believe Iraq is on the right path, that means you love George Bush, and consider him the president ever. That's a lie. A damnable lie. The NY Times has to feed us misinformation on Iraq so we are not hoodwinked by this lie.

Besides, what is "progress" anyways? As Obama might say, "Progress is merely a retarded stepchild of failure" So true.

2:42 PM, May 29, 2008

Blogger bg said...


OT.. re: Lee @ 2:42 PM..

LMBO at both you & McClellen et al!!


4:03 PM, May 29, 2008

Blogger bg said...


Lee @ 2:42 PM..

re: what is "progress" anyways?

here you go, just a sample, enjoy!!


4:06 PM, May 29, 2008

Blogger bg said...


speaking of the NYT..


4:20 PM, May 29, 2008

Blogger bg said...


uh-oh, the toothless wonder threatens GOI..


4:45 PM, May 29, 2008

Blogger bg said...


re: bg @ 4:45 PM..

big oops, didn't note the date was April 19.. guess that threat fizzled out just like the rest.. :D


4:57 PM, May 29, 2008

Blogger bg said...


sorry to go so far OT..

TG, Lee, Anon..

have your heard the lastest.. :(


6:46 PM, May 29, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff.

7:10 PM, May 29, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry, Nibras. As soon as the next car bomb explodes in Badghad, the Western media will be right on top of it.

9:18 PM, May 29, 2008

Blogger Iraqi Mojo said...

Yeah baby!

2:16 AM, May 30, 2008

Blogger bg said...


HT : TLWJ (Roggio)


Sadr’s Calls For Mass Protests Fall Flat


[To put the current numbers into perspective, and estimated 2,000,000 Shia are estimated to live in Sadr City alone, and the Baghdad district is considered the bulwark of Sadr’s support. Yet Sadr couldn’t muster more than one quarter of one percent of the district's residents.]

so much for the toothless fatwankers power!! :lol:


3:21 PM, May 30, 2008

Blogger Lee said...

I'm sure Nibras will pick up on this, but the LA Times has an article discussing the improving conditions in Basra.


Some encouraging photos as well.


1:07 AM, May 31, 2008

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