The AP Fails AGAIN.

I gotta admit…I had to click on the article after reading a headline like this:

Egypt’s top diplomat in Iraq; 11 die in US raid

What’s your first impression based on the headline?  That Egypt’s top diplomat in Iraq along with 11 other people were killed in a US raid.  If you read this on a list of links on, say, your Yahoo homepage, that would be your impression, right?  

Except…it isn’t true.  The US did not kill Egypt’s top diplomat in Iraq.  The AP has cleverly merged two articles with a semicolon to give a false impression.  

Egypt sent its foreign minister to Iraq Sunday for the first time in nearly two decades in a sign of growing Arab acceptance of the country’s Shiite-led government.

While another article is:

In the north, 11 people including women and children died during a U.S. raid on a house in Mosul, where an extremist detonated a suicide vesta stark reminder that Iraq still faces security challenges despite the drop in violence.

Well fancy that!  By reading the headline, you would get the impression that “11 die in US raid” means that US soldiers killed 11 people.  Of course, that isn’t true.  

Those fears were underscored by the carnage in Mosul, the third-largest city where U.S. and Iraqi forces have been trying to months to drive out al-Qaida in Iraq and other Sunni extremist groups.

American troops came under heavy gunfire after entering a house early Sunday looking for a suspected insurgent, the U.S. military said in a statement.

As U.S. soldiers returned fire, a man inside the house detonated a suicide vest, the statement added.

Five “terrorists” as well as three women and three children were killed, according to the statement. Two other children, including one who was injured, were found near the building and moved to safety, the military said. weapons cache was later found inside.

No American casualties were reported.

“This is just another tragic example of how al-Qaida in Iraq hides behind innocent Iraqis,” U.S. military spokesman Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll said.

Iraqi police officials in Mosul said all 11 of the dead were family members, including a 7-year-old boy. The police spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information,

Hospital officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not supposed to give information to media, said most of those who died in the Mosul raid appeared to have been killed by the exploding vest and not by gunfire.

Still, some Mosul residents blamed the Americans.

Most of the Mosul residents live in fear because of such raids conducted by U.S. forces, and even sometimes the Iraqi forces,” said Thaier Ahmed, a 32-year-old teacher. “It is a horrible incident that has led to the killing of innocent people, including children.

A 35-year-old government worker, who identified himself only by his nickname Abu Tiba, said the raid raised questions whether “the blood of Iraqis is worth nothing to theU.S. Army.

Later in Mosul, gunmen opened fire on mourners in a funeral tent, killing four people and wounding three, said Iraqi officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not supposed to release the information.

The attack occurred in the city’s Zanjili neighborhood where al-Qaida operates. Four Iraqi employees of a television station were kidnapped and killed in the area last month.

Also in Mosul, a secondary school teacher, who was an ethnic Turkomen, was shot to death near his house Sunday, a police officer said. Gunmen also entered a Mosul butcher shop, shot the owner dead and wounded his son, police said.

Fantastic.  The AP is writing articles from the perspective of two dubious “Mosul residents” and passing them off as news.  

Note the phrase “terrorists” in quotation marks.  One obviously had a suicide vest (probably the insurgent they were going after in the first place.)  There was a weapons cache found inside.  They used family members as human shields.  But to the AP, that still doesn’t mean that they’re terrorists.

Associated Press writer Bushra Juhi and Sameer N. Yacoub contributed to this report.

This Sameer N. Yacoub?  

Wow.  Seems like the AP should start looking to some different former Hussein acolytes for their reporting staff.

Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!

If only Sir Walter Scott was alive today.


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