- 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
- Here's the first one which was posted
on go.com 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
- Gunmen Kill 47 Factory Workers at Checkpoint
North of Baghdad After Pulling Them Off Bus
- Fearing Civil War as Gunmen Execute
47 Factory Workers
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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
- Residents told police that the bullet-riddled
bodies were found around midday behind a brick factory, the Interior Ministry
- 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
- STORY No.2 POSTED on ABC.GO.COM
about the incident:
- Here's the second version which was posted
on go.com 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)
- By ALEXANDRA ZAVIS
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The question is - could neither one of
these be true?
- Both of these show an interesting number
- 4+7 = 11.
- Ted Twietmeyer