The anti-American Liberal Press never ceases to put a negative spin on Iraq news. Note the AP headline: U.S. Raids Baghdad Slum; 26 Iraqis Die
The dead are "Iraqis" not "insurgents" or "Mahdi Army fighters" or, even, "opportunists taking pot shots." And, look how they spin the account of the fight:
The U.S. military said it conducted two pre-dawn raids in Sadr City, killing 26 "terrorists" who attacked U.S. troops with small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs. But Iraqi officials said all the dead were civilians.
Note the skepticism indicated by the quote marks for the Military account but none for the Iraqi account. As if we must mistrust what the Military reports but we can accept the word of any Iraqi on the street at face value.
Maliki was all upset over the operation in Sadr City.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned the raids and demanded an explanation for the assault into a district where he has barred U.S. operations in the past.
"The Iraqi government totally rejects U.S. military operations ... conducted without a pre-approval from the Iraqi military command," al-Maliki said in a statement released by his office. "Anyone who breaches the military command orders will face investigation."
Yeah, right. Why is it the terrorists always have advance knowledge of our operations? al-Maliki should be told in no uncertain terms that pre-approvals are not possible until he weeds out the insurgent sympathizers in his government.
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