16 February 2005

Yeah, yeah, rescued, escaped, what's the difference?


Reuters reports

U.S. forces in Iraq stormed a house in Baghdad on Monday and freed two of the four Egyptian telecommunications engineers who were kidnapped Sunday, the head of their Egyptian parent company said.

Naguib Sawiris, chairman of Egypt’s Orascom Telecom, said U.S. troops raided a villa, possibly in the mainly Sunni Muslim district of Adhamiya, and freed the two. The other two managed to escape on their own from a car they had been locked in, he added.

It turns out that in fact that all of the hostages were freed by USA forces. Sloppy reporting or blatant bias? Also, the source notes that in the old days, newspaper men would be trying to get the exclusive on the troops who performed the rescue. Modern day journalists apparently don’t think it’s a story even worth reporting accurately.

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Democracy choo-choo

[source, source]

Iraq’s Arab Sunnis will do a U-turn and join the political process despite their lack of representation in the newly elected national assembly, Sunni leaders said yesterday.

Yeah, the old “you can be on the train or under it” technique is effective as usual.

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