Two Totally Different
Stories About Iraqi Slaughter...

From Ted Twietmeyer
This is incredible - TWO different stories about the same 47 people being gunned down from ABC news. One must ask - who changed the story, and why? What is the only entity in America that can influence the news this way?
It appears that STORY No. 1 would make the US Army or Iraqis look bad - since they operate the checkpoints.
STORY No.1 POSTED on ABC.GO.COM about the incident:
Here's the first one which was posted on mid-morning of 2/23/06 at
Note that the ONLY personnel authorized to operate checkpoints, are the US Army or Iraqi govt. army personnel:
ABC News
Fearing Civil War as Gunmen Execute 47 Factory Workers
Gunmen Kill 47 Factory Workers at Checkpoint North of Baghdad After Pulling Them Off Bus
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BAQOUBA, Iraq Feb 23, 2006 (AP)- Gunmen pulled factory workers off buses northeast of Baghdad and killed 47 of them, a provincial council member said.
The victims were traveling in three buses when they were stopped at a checkpoint in the Nahrawan area, about 12 miles south of Baqouba, said Dhari Thuban, a member of the Diyala Provincial Council. The buses were burned and their passengers killed, he said.
The motive for the killing was not immediately clear.
Residents told police that the bullet-riddled bodies were found around midday behind a brick factory, the Interior Ministry said.
The victims, who ranged in age between about 20 and 50, were dressed in civilian clothes and their deaths appeared recent, the ministry's Maj. Falah al-Mohamadawi told the Associated Press.
Thuban said the victims were brick factory workers, but al-Mohamadawi said no identification documents were found on them.
 STORY No.2 POSTED on ABC.GO.COM about the incident:
Here's the second version which was posted on early afternoon on 2/23/06 at
Note how the civilians are being blamed in this story. All references to a checkpoint have been removed.
ABC News
Dozens Slain in Iraq Sectarian Violence
Dozens Slain in Iraq Sectarian Violence; Sunnis Pull Out of Talks on a New Government
Iraqis living in Iran chant slogans during a rally at the Saint Masoumeh shrine in the holy city of Qom, 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, condemning Wednesday's attack on a Shiite shrine in Samarra in Iraq. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed the United States and Israel on Thursday for the destruction of a Shiite shrine's golden dome in Iraq, saying it was the work of "defeated Zionists and occupiers." (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
BAGHDAD, Iraq Feb 23, 2006 (AP)- Gunmen shot dead 47 civilians and left their bodies in a ditch near Baghdad Thursday as militia battles and sectarian reprisals followed the bombing of a sacred Shiite shrine. Sunni Arabs suspended their participation in talks on a new government.
At least 47 other bodies were found scattered across Iraq, many of them shot execution-style and dumped in Shiite-dominated parts of Baghdad.
The hardline Sunni Clerical Association of Muslim Scholars said 168 Sunni mosques had been attacked, 10 imams killed and 15 abducted since the shrine attack. The Interior Ministry said it could only confirm figures for Baghdad, where 90 mosques were attacked in Baghdad, one cleric was killed, and one abducted.
Officials said at least 110 people had been killed across the country in violence believed triggered by the mosque attack.
Three journalists working for Al-Arabiya television were found dead in Samarra, the site of Wednesday's Askariya mosque attack. Al-Arabiya is viewed in Iraq as favoring the United States.
The sectarian violence threatens to derail U.S. plans to form a new national unity government representing all factions, including Sunni Arabs, who form the backbone of the insurgency.
President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, summoned political leaders to a meeting Thursday. But the biggest Sunni faction in the new parliament, the Iraqi Accordance Front, refused to attend, citing the attacks on Sunni mosques.
"We want a clear condemnation from the government which didn't do enough yesterday to curb those angry mobs," said Dr. Salman al-Jumaili, a member of the Front. "There was even a kind of cooperation with the government security forces in some places in attacking the Sunni mosques."
As the country veered ominously toward sectarian war, the government extended a curfew in Baghdad and Salaheddin province for two days. All leaves for Iraqi soldiers and police were canceled and personnel ordered to report to their units.
Sixteen people, eight of them civilians, died in a bombing Thursday in the center of Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad.
The question is - could neither one of these be true?
Both of these show an interesting number - 4+7 = 11.
Ted Twietmeyer



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