Sunday, September 03, 2006

Busted - and yet another reason why the NY Times sucks 
The #2 man in the current Al Qaeda in Iraq pecking order, Hamed Jumaa Faris Juri al Saaydi, has been nabbed. By Iraqi forces, no less.

Iraqi armed forces have arrested the No. 2 leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, the country's national security leader said Sunday.

The leader, Hamed Jumaa Faris Juri al-Saaydi, was captured within the past few days near Baqubah, along with 20 other senior members of the Sunni Arab insurgent group, which was responsible for savage beheadings of kidnapped foreigners and suicide attacks that sometimes killed dozens of civilians in a single strike, said the security adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie.

Saaydi was second to Abu Ayyub al-Masri, Rubaie said. Masri had succeeded insurgent leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was killed in June by a U.S. airstrike on a safe house in Baqubah.

A lovely little detail from the Washington Post:

Saaydi was hiding inside a home surrounded by women and children whom he was using as a "human shield," Rubaie said.

How do the thumbsucking retards at the New York Times write it? Well, they whitewash it. I mean, God forbid we use a good color quote that's actually accurate if it is harmful to the interests of the enemies of the United States, right?

In a press conference broadcast on national television, Mr. Rubaie said that Hamid Juma Faris Jouri al-Saeedi, now the second-ranking Al Qaeda leader in Iraq, had been captured sometime in the past few days at an undisclosed location as he hid among an Iraqi family in a residential building. He said the terrorist had been operating recently out of Baquba, north of Baghdad.

The New York Times couldn't tell a story straight if it were pulled over for drunk reporting.

Here's the WaPo:

"We now think al-Qaeda in Iraq is suffering a great deal and disintegrating," Rubaie said in a news conference at the U.S.-controlled Green Zone that was broadcast live across the Middle East. "The al-Qaeda organization is suffering from a leadership crisis."

Now here's the New York Times on the same point:

Iraqi officials have asserted that Al Qaeda in Iraq has been weakened in recent months. But the high-profile killing of Mr. Zarqawi has had no effect on terrorism and violence in Iraq, and the Pentagon acknowledged last week that attacks have soared.

Fine. Will the Times acknowledge - as an intellectually honest or informed outfit would do, that attacks have more recently plummetted?


"High-profile killing?" What was that? A hyped-up media event?

And "Mr." Zarqawi? Since when did Zarqawi become entitled to the respectful title of "Mr.?"

Do you call a dog "Mister?" Do you call a rat "Mister?" No? But Zarqawi's earned respect in the Times? Is that in the Times' stylebook, now?

Well, isn't that just peachy?

Splash, out


We'll have to make sure they don't call you "Mr. Jason."
I hadn't noticed that Times slight - but then again, I haven't taken the Times seriously since they joined Al Qaeda!
Was that before or after they published Judith Miller's neo-con propaganda?
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