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The killing of insurgents: whodunit?
By Eli Stephens, Left I on the News
I've written on multiple occasions on the sham nature of the so-called "exit
strategy" in Iraq, which suggests that Iraqi troops will gradually replace
American troops. Even if that were to happen, the chances that an Iraqi air
force will replace the American air force is nil, and it is American air
power that is responsible for most of the "successes" (i.e., the killing) in
Today's news is not only a case in point, but an object lesson in how the
American press tries to hide this fact from the American public. Here's one
story from Reuters, which states the facts simply:
U.S. air strikes kill 37 insurgents in w. Iraq
"The U.S. military said on Monday air strikes had killed about 37 insurgents
in the latest phase of an anti-al Qaeda operation near the Syrian border in
western Iraq and 25 insurgents had been captured."
I'm not even going to get into the usual question of whether all 37 dead
were actually "insurgents" and not civilians. Let's instead look at how AP
handled the story:
U.S., Iraqi Troops Kill 37 Insurgents
"U.S. and Iraqi troops launched a dawn assault Monday on another town near
the Syrian border and killed 37 insurgents, a U.S. statement said."
So, "U.S. and Iraqi troops" killed the insurgents, did they? I don't think
so, because later even in the AP story we read: "Five targets were struck by
coalition air strikes resulting in an estimated 37 insurgents killed." So
there wasn't a single insurgent killed by Iraqi troops, or even by U.S.
troops for that matter; they were all killed by the "coalition" air strikes.
"Coalition" is yet another misleading statement (this one apparently a
direct quote from the U.S. military); we know very well this was an American
air strike. As far as I know there isn't a single country flying offensive
air missions in Iraq other than the U.S.