Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Who do you believe?

Do you believe The Washington Post?

Iraq's Deadly Surge Claims 1,300 — Morgue Figure Eclipses Other Counts Since Shrine Attack — BAGHDAD, Feb. 27 — Grisly attacks and other sectarian violence unleashed by last week's bombing of a Shiite shrine have killed more than 1,300 Iraqis, making the past few days the deadliest

or do you believe the people who live there and who have to cope with the blood-soaked hell that America has created in Iraq?

Specifically do you believe the people in charge of the morgue, Abd al-Razzak al-Ubaidi - the acting director, and Qais Hasan, the mortuary duty manager on duty who has flat out denied that the morgue got 1300+ bodies in the last few days?

Now not all deaths in Baghdad are registered at the morgue - deaths are registered at hospitals as well but the morgue gets most of them.

Has there been a massive upsurge in violence since the Samarra bombing? Yes, in the region of about 70%.

Do you believe Reuters? - I've edited it to give just the important stories.

"FACTBOX-Developments in Iraq, Feb. 28
28 Feb 2006 14:29:42 GMT
Source: Reuters
Feb 28 (Reuters) - The following are security incidents and political developments in Iraq reported on Tuesday, as of 1430 GMT.




KERBALA - Firebrand Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for unity when he addressed several hundred supporters in Kerbala 110 km (68 miles) southwest of Baghdad. Sadr said sectarian violence was what foreign forces in Iraq wanted. (IRAQ-DEVELOPMENTS; reporting by Baghdad newsroom, writing by Nick Olivari; editing by Sami Aboudi)) ... "

And I have another question for you:

How come not one Western News Agency has reported that today Tuesday the bodies of Sheikh Hamid Ghazi Al-Mehamdah and eight of his relatives were found by the Iraqi Army (the Desert Lion Brigade to get specific about it)in southern Baghdad.

The Sheikh of the Al-Mehamdah clan and eight of his family are abducted and murdered and not one Western News agency reports it? In particular not one American news agency reports it? Do you think this'll make it into the Washingtomtomtom post?

No? - Me neither.

Update Wednesday Morning 1:30 AM - well it finally made it:

"Iraqi soldiers find bullet-riddled bodies of nine people near two burned minibuses in Iraq's Diyala province. The victims included a Sunni Muslim of the influential Mahamdeh tribe, and two of his nephews."

Hat tip Susan at Today in Iraq

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