January 28, 2007

TO MASS IS TO DIE:

Raids foil plot to kill Shia pilgrims (Stephen Farrell in Baghdad and Hassan al-Jarrah in Najaf, 1/28/07, Times of London)

Iraqi troops backed by US tanks and helicopter gunships fought insurgents near the Shia city of Najaf yesterday as the Government said it had foiled an attempt to kill pilgrims during a key religious festival.

A US helicopter crashed during the fighting. Witnesses said that they saw it come down after trailing smoke during a machinegun battle.

Iraqi police officials in Najaf said that 250 insurgents were killed during bombing raids and gun battles, although similar claims have been wildly exaggerated in the past. [...]

Ghanim al-Qureyshi, the provincial police chief, said that halid Al-Senjeri, a Sunni, was dismissed as mayor amid suspicions that he was collaborating with Sunni insurgents.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2007 8:32 PM
Comments

From local reports, it sounds like they were Sunni masquerading as Shia and that their primary target was Sistani. Talk about provoking a bloodbath.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 28, 2007 9:06 PM

Just saw my local news. Mentioned the fight, mentioned the US chopper going down with the deaths, no mention of the possible dead insurgents. In other words presented as all bad news for the US.

Posted by: AWW at January 28, 2007 11:13 PM

The only real information you can get from the media is conformation of their biases. For the truth about what used to be called current events is difficult to apprehend.

Posted by: erp at January 29, 2007 8:15 AM

". . .[A]n attempt to kill pilgrims during an important religious festival."

Islam--the Religion of Peace.

Posted by: John J. Kevlock at January 29, 2007 1:07 PM
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