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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

True or not, think how this will play in Iraq

Top Sunni politician Tariq al-Hashimi's brother was killed in his home. 20-25 men arrived in uniform and "chased him onto the roof, and then to the roof of a neighbor, Abu Amar, residents said. It was there that the attackers shot him in the head."
The men then seized two neighbors, their children, one of their wives and an elderly man, a baker. All had witnessed the attack.

The men sounded as if they were speaking Arabic with foreign accents, residents said. After they took Mr. Hashemi’s guards, one was heard shouting to another, “Go, go,” in English.

I don't know if this is true, but amidst all the rumor, misinformation, and hatred in Iraq, how does this play?


  • Badly.

    We see the opposition getting better at playing politics, or civilian anti-occupation sentiment producing false stories.

    I can't believe that special forces would do something like this, not for a brother. If it was say, the minister of Defense himself, then I could see it, but syblings? Why take the risk.

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 12:19 PM  

  • I don't know, and my experience in reading all these Iraq stories is that this shouldn't necessarily be trusted.

    Sometimes things like this are true, sometimes they're not, sometimes they're propaganda, sometimes they're mistakes.

    And, it doesn't have to be US forces. Could be mercenaries (hired by anybody), could've been Iraqis pretending, could've been "foreign fighters.

    There's just no telling without more evidence.

    (But I would note that the NYTimes thought it valuable enough to include and they're pretty careful on stuff like this.)

    This one like alot of my posts isn't really an answer, just an open question on something that seems odd to me.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:33 PM  

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