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Here, yesterday, in discussing why the media was disappointed by Operation Swarmer:
MNF-I issues press releases all the time; soldiers discover weapons cache, Marines conduct cordon-and-search operation with Iraqi troops, VBIED found on roadside, hospital refurbished, school reopened, etc, etc. If ever considered otherwise, this is now seen as the unglorious yeoman's work of Operation Iraqi Freedom - the nuts and bolts of rebuilding a nation. The press wants something headline worthy - a mosque bombing, US troops accidentally shooting an elderly grandmother, or a report that someone in an Iraqi police uniform dragged somebody else off to nowhere in the middle of the night.The Philadelphia Inquirer, page one today:
But this time something in that press release caught somebody's eye: "...largest air assault operation since Operation Iraqi Freedom I."
...they read "large air assault" and they expect corpse photos, pain and suffering, death and destruction, and all those things that merit a Pulitzer Prize.
But on day two the first reporters are brought in. Perhaps some with visions of dead babies, crying grandmothers, leveled houses, and white phosphorous raining from the sky.
Instead they find...
Well, I'll be damned - Iraqi and American soldiers conducting the unglorious yeoman's work of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
And that just pisses them off.
An Iraqi police document accuses U.S. troops of executing 11 people, including a 75-year-old woman and a 6-month-old infant, after a raid Wednesday on a house about 60 miles north of Baghdad.Page one.
The case involves a U.S. raid conducted, according to the official U.S. account, in response to a tip that a member of al-Qaeda in Iraq was at the house.
Neighbors who were interviewed agreed that the al-Qaeda in Iraq member was at the house. They said he was visiting the home's owner, a relative. The neighbors said the homeowner was a schoolteacher.
According to police, military and eyewitness accounts, U.S. forces approached the house at around 2:30 a.m. and a firefight ensued. By all accounts, in addition to exchanging gunfire with someone inside the house, U.S. troops were supported by helicopter gunships that fired on the house.
But the accounts differ on what took place after the firefight.
According to the U.S. account, the house collapsed because of the heavy fire. When U.S. forces searched the rubble they found one man, the al-Qaeda suspect, alive. He was arrested. They also found a dead man they believed to be connected to al-Qaeda, two dead women and a dead child.
The report filed by the Joint Coordination Center, which was based on a report filed by local police, said U.S. forces entered the house while it was still standing.
"The American forces gathered the family members in one room and executed 11 persons, including five children, four women and two men," the report said. "Then they bombed the house, burned three vehicles, and killed their animals."
A local police commander, Lt. Col. Farooq Hussain, who was interviewed in Ishaqi, said autopsies at the hospital in Tikrit "revealed that all the victims had bullet shots in the head and all bodies were handcuffed."
Wish I could predict NCAA brackets that well. Some days it really sucks to be right.
This is sickening. The media will do anything to make our soldiers look like the bad guys.Posted by beth at March 20, 2006 07:51 PM
Ya, it's hard to be right. I mean what can we do, except wait for the axe to fall as we go on defense. The President has most of the offensive weaponry, we're like Massoud before 9/11, all we can do is cajole and warn and drum up support against the Taliban. The ones who have the power to CRUSH our enemies, won't use it.
So we wait, we wait, 9/11 happens, Massoud gets assassinated... Oops, we stopped waiting. Oh well, damage done, nothing to see here.
Waiting for the enemy to attack you on the propaganda war is the one thing that I hate about the Bush Administration. Perhaps with a vehemence of heart equal to those who hate Bush for being Bush.
It is immensely frustrating to see enemy attacks carried out when you knew that it only takes a little bit of prevention to stop.Posted by Ymarsakar at March 20, 2006 09:19 PM
I certainly hope that the IP in that city are fully investigated. This smells like a planted job, and somebody in the IP must have known that the AQ was at that house. Our guys don't execute tied up civilians. That is the modis operandi of AQ.Posted by Edward at March 20, 2006 10:01 PM
It also sounds like the MO of certain groups who have infiltrated the IP or IA....Posted by armynurseboy at March 20, 2006 10:37 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(4) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)