Strange story of the day
There were people (mostly police and Iraqi National Guard) killed all over Iraq yesterday. Indeed, there are so many targets, and the resistance is so large, that yesterday even saw a successful attack on 18 Kias (!) which were (before they were destroyed) destined for the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior.
But amidst all the carnage, this story stands out as emblematic as to what you can, and can't believe, about anything you read about what's happening in Iraq (for example, on the subject of how many people voted):
"On Sunday, the U.S. command denied a report by an Iraqi police captain that 22 Iraqi security troops and 14 insurgents were killed Sunday night when rebels tried to storm a police station in a village south of Baghdad.
"In a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Capt. Muthana Khalid Ali of the Babil provincial police command had said the attack in Al-Bu Mustafa village, in the Mahawil district, about 50 miles south of Baghdad. He said the fighting raged for about an hour and five Iraqi national guardsmen and 17 police were killed, as well as 14 insurgents.
However, U.S. command spokeswoman Capt. Patricia Brewer said no attack occurred, citing provincial authorities. Capt. Ali later said he had misread the initial report."
He "misread" the report? How on earth do you "misread" a report that says that 36 people were killed? At best, perhaps the "initial report" might have said there were 36 "casualties", and the police captain made the mistake of thinking that the word meant "fatalaties" (which is how the U.S. military is trying to redefine the term). But that can't be true, since the U.S. military claims that "no attack occured" at all! Very curious. And, as I say, definitely emblematic of the value you can place in most of what you read about what's happening in Iraq.