Ok, I broke down and started a new thread for updates. The original one is just getting waaaayyyy too long. If your just coming into this story go here to get all the facts on how a bogus Iraqi Police Officer has been supplying quotes to the AP.
I found this transcript from MSNBC in which they refer to the Burning Six bogus story as one reason why they have now decided to call the Iraq situation a “civil war”: (via ThinkProgress, a lefty site)
The news from Iraq is becoming grimmer every day. Over the long holiday weekend bombings killed more than 200 people in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad. And six Sunni men were doused with kerosene and burned alive. Shiite muslims are the majority, but Sunnis like Saddam Hussein ruled that country until the war. Now, the battle between Shiites and Sunnis has created a civil war in Iraq. Beginning this morning, MSNBC will refer to the fighting in Iraq as a civil war, a phrase the White House continues to resist. But after careful thought, MSNBC and NBC News decided over the weekend, the terminology is appropriate, as armed militarized factions fight for their own political agendas. Well have a lots more on the situation in Iraq and the decision to use the phrase, civil war.
And there you have it. It has begun. The MSM has been using bogus officials to supply chaos to their stories and based on those same stories has decided Iraq is now a official civil war.
UPDATE 1355hrs PST
A fresh AP report is out in which they allege that US soldiers shot up a bunch of civilians (h/t Riehl World View)
Separately, police and witnesses said U.S. soldiers shot and killed 11 civilians and wounded five on Sunday night in the Baghdad suburb of Husseiniya. The U.S. military said it had no record of any American military operation in the area.
“We were sitting inside our house when the Americans showed up and started firing at homes. They killed many people and burned some houses,” said one of the witnesses, a man with bandages on his head who was being treated at Imam Ali Hospital in the Shiite slum of Sadr City. The police and witnesses spoke with Associated Press Television News on condition of anonymity to protect their own security.
On Monday, about 250 people attended a memorial service outside the hospital’s morgue for the 11 victims, saying it was being conducted in the slum because the dead had been followers of the radical anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The cleric and his Madhi Army militia are both based in Sadr City.
Let me sum this up. The military states that there was no operations going on in that area at that time but the AP decides to print unsubstantiated facts based on anonymous sources.
Now based on what I have found out about their other “source”, one Capt. Jamil Hussein, should we now believe these allegations?
I think not.
I have a email into my contact at Centcom for their reaction….stay tuned.
UPDATE II 1420hrs PST
The Jawa Report has an important update. They have found a guide printed by ‘The Jihad Media Battalion” (linked to Al-Qaeda) in which they give detailed instructions on how to use Google for their own benefit:
According to the authors of the guide, the purpose of learning how to properly use Google is to
remind our Muslim brothers in general, and the mujahideen in particular, the need to learn the arts of jihad on the internet and Jihad media
Why Google? The guide gives users the tools necessary to find information on the internet that will further the cause of the media jihad. Namely, how to search for information which will bolster the Islamist worldview that there is a war being waged by the U.S. against Islam, that attrocities are being committed by the West in this war, and that the mujahidin are winning this war.Thus, the guide instructs users how to search through the cached pages of the pro-jihad al Jazeera website and the jihadi forums of al Hesbah.
Ironically, “photoshop tutorials” is used by The Jihad Media Battalion as an example of something a would be media jihadi might be interested in looking for on the internet. Which makes us wonder whether or not Adnan Hajj is a member of the battalion?
The jihadis understand that the most important battleground in this war is that of propaganda. Unfortunately, very few of our leaders understand this. Or, if they understand it, are unwilling to fight it.
More evidence that the enemy understands how to work the media with photoshopped pictures and bogus stories. And the MSM is swallowing it whole.
UPDATE III 1515hrs PST
Decided to do some more digging on this Jamil Hussein before I head out to the gym and came up with four more stories. Two I had to get from Lexis-Nexis.
This one is from April 27th of this year, the very first mention of him in any newspaper story I can find. If you can find one earlier then this please let me know:
Mayson Ahmed Bakir al-Hashimi, 60, whose brother, Tariq al-Hashimi, was appointed by parliament as vice president on Saturday, was killed by unidentified gunmen in a BMW sedan as she was leaving her home Thursday morning with her bodyguard in southwestern Baghdad, said police Capt. Jamel Hussein. The bodyguard, Saad Ali, also died in the shooting, Hussein said.
It was the second recent killing in Tariq al-Hashimi’s immediate family. On April 13, his brother, Mahmoud al-Hashimi, was shot while driving in a mostly Shiite area of eastern Baghdad.
On Thursday, two of the vice president’s brothers, one an army officer, raced to the scene to recover the body of their sister, Hussein said. She had worked on the government’s audit commission and was married with two grown children.
Then I found 3 more in June. The first one is dated June 2nd: (via Lexis-Nexis)
Mortar Barrage Kills 9 Civilians, Wounds 40 In Southern Baghdad.
The Associated Press, INTERNATIONAL NEWS
June 2, 2006
Mortar barrage kills 9 civilians, wounds 40 in southern Baghdad. BAGHDAD Iraq
A mortar barrage Thursday killed nine civilians and wounded 40 in southern Baghdad, police said.
The attack occurred in south Baghdad’s predominantly Sunni Arab Dora district and involved seven mortar rounds landing on four houses, said police Capt. Jamil Hussein.
The houses were located in Dora’s Abu Dishir area, he added
Then another one June 11th: (Lexis-Nexis again)
Gunmen Ambush Minivan Carrying Sunnis From Abu Ghraib, Killing 4 And Wounding 1
Associated Press Worldstream, INTERNATIONAL NEWS
June 11, 2006
Gunmen ambush minivan carrying Sunnis from Abu Ghraib, killing 4 and wounding 1BAGHDAD Iraq
Gunmen stopped a minivan carrying Sunni passengers on a highway near Baghdad on Saturday, killing four people and wounding one, police said.
The gunmen ordered the passengers off the bus and opened fire on them, police Capt. Jamil Hussein said. The van was carrying the Sunni back to Baghdad after a visit to Abu Ghraib, a town on its western outskirts that also is the site of the notorious prison.
The attack occurred about 2:30 p.m. on the highway between Abu Ghraib and the western Baghdad neighborhood of Ghazaliyah, Hussein said.
And finally this one dated June 22nd:
Nine days into the security crackdown on Baghdad that includes hundreds of checkpoints and an expanded curfew, the capital was relatively quiet. Police reported only two deaths related to insurgent or sectarian attacks.
The victims died when a bomb strapped to a motorcycle exploded in a market. At least 25 people were wounded, police Capt. Jamil Hussein said.
The trail to this guy goes cold before April 27th. I’m hoping either Michelle Malkin, Centcom, or myself can get a response from the AP about this guy before days end. We shall see.
UPDATE IV 1715hrs PST
SeeDubya at Junkyard Blog has done some research on the writers who have mentioned this Capt. Jamil Hussein and found one common denominator:
It’s looking like AP Baghdad correspondent Qais al-Bashir is the only one who can see this mysterious, non-existent “Captain Jamil Hussein”. Well, it’s not for certain yet, but al Bashir is the common element in four stories involving Captain Snuffleupagus. Er, Jamil Hussein:
I’ve already linked to this AP story from May 27th, bylined Kim Gamel and Qais al-Bashir. It quotes “Capt. Jamil Hussein” and another spokesman named Rassaq, whom CENTCOM said is bogus.
Here’s one from July 11th, by Qassim Abdul-Zahra, in which Capt. Hussein makes a brief cameo appearance to relate a drive-by shooting in the Mansour neighborhood. Contributing to the report: Sameer N. Yacoub, Qais al-Bashir and Bassem Mroue.
The Nov. 24th article which quotes “Capt. Hussein” describing the burning of four mosques–whereas CENTCOM insists there was only one–as well as the hideous tale of burning Sunni worshippers alive–is the one that started this whole inquiry. It’s bylined Steven R. Hurst, but contributing correspondents listed are Thomas Wagner, Bassem Mroue and Qais al-Bashir.
Now the question is, who is Qaid al-Bashir?
Additionally, SeeDubya has found another interesting factoid. Recall Patterico’s recent post in which he takes the LA Times to task for their shoddy reporting of a airstrike that wasn’t. Well SeeDubya found 3 names in the AP’s version of that same story that are quoted. All 3 were on the Centcom list I posted earlier as being under investigation:
Hey, I just noticed something. The suspicious Ramadi medic shows up in  the AP version of Patterico’s story–about how the LA Times manufactured an “air strike” in Ramadi (and dozens of casualties) that CENTCOM denies ever happened. [EDIT] In the AP version,The bogus medic says:
Meanwhile, Ali al-Obaidi, a medic at Ramadi Hospital, said those killed were civilians who died in shelling by U.S. tanks. A police spokesman said 20 people were killed, but gave no information about their identities or how they died.
Hey, I just noticed soemthing else: Ali al-Obaidi isn’t the only red-flagged name in that AP article. Also appearing: “police spokesman Mohammed Kheyoun“, “police Lt. Maitham Abdul-Razzaq“, and “police Brig. Abdul-Karim Ahmed Khalaf“. All of those are
Oh, hey, I just noticed something else. The by-line on that AP report of the Ramadi attack, the one that uses all these questionable or fictitous sources?
(OK, I didn’t just notice this, though it wsn’t the first thing I noticed. I’m trying to build a little suspense here.)
Of course.Qais Al-Bashir.
I have an email into the AP and Centcom about this Qais al-Bashir, hopefully I will have their response soon enough. (not holding my breath on the AP since they haven’t gotten back to me about this original story…surprise surprise)
UPDATE V 1840hrs PST
Figured I would put together a handy bullet list of the articles in which our mysterious Capt. Jamil Hussein is mentioned:
- April 27th – Baghdad – Parliment family member gunned down (Sunni victims)
- April 30th – Baghdad (Dora District) – 6 men tortured and killed (Sunni victims)
- May 27th – Baghdad – Car bomb kills 4 (unknown victims)
- June 2nd – Baghdad (Dora District) – Mortor attack kills 9 (Sunni victims)
- June 11th – Baghdad (Ghazaliyah District) – Minivan attacked killing 4 (Sunni victims)
- June 19th – Baghdad – Two car bombs kill 7 (unknown victims)
- June 22nd – Baghdad – Suicide bomber kills 2 (unknown victims)
- July 10th – Baghdad (Amariyah district) – Van attacked killing 6 (Sunni victims)
- September 20th – Baghdad (Dora district) – Car bomb kills 7 (unknown victims)
- November 25th – Baghdad (Hurriyah district) – 6 burned to death (Sunni victims)
I would have to surmise that the ones where I could not discern if the victims were Sunni or not probably involved Sunni’s. Does this matter, as Allah at Hot Air asked? I’m not sure, but you would think a “police Captain” would see some Shia victims now and then wouldn’t you?
UPDATE VI 1930hrs PST
Gateway Pundit has done some research on that other name mentioned by Centcom:
Also, we definitely know, as we told you several weeks ago through the MNC-I Media Relations cell, that another AP-popular IP spokesman, Lt. Maithem Abdul Razzaq, supposedly of the city’s Yarmouk police station, does not work at that police station and is also not authorized to speak on behalf of the IP. The MOI has supposedly issued a warrant for his questioning.
He found six stories since may where this Lt. is mentioned as the source. All of them involve Sunni’s being massacred in the Baghdad Dora district…sound familiar?
I wonder who authored these reports involving this Lt. Razzaq? Qais al-Bashir?
**Want to take a moment to thank Michelle Malkin, LGF, Lucienne and Lorie Byrd for some great help getting this story out into the blogosphere. With the help of those great bloggers and the following blogs I hope the MSM and the AP specifically can’t ignore us for too long and we can get some answers from them about their use of propagandists to fill stories.