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Friday, August 20, 2004

Not Going to Believe Their Own Lying Eyes

From the NY Times:
The situation in and around the holy Imam Ali mosque in Najaf was unsettled today, with sporadic fighting and confusion over early reports by government officials that the Iraqi police were in control of the shrine.

American commanders and military police in Najaf said they could not confirm the reports of the takeover. And a New York Times reporter who entered the mosque today said control was still in the hands of the rebel forces. This assertion was also made by an aide to the rebel cleric Moktada al-Sadr, Al Jazeera television reported.
The New York Times actually has a reporter on the scene (apparently Alex Berenson), but they're not willing to state what he says as fact because the official version from the US military hasn't come out yet. If the Times won't believe the Times, why should we? Their headline just says "Scene at Shrine in Najaf Is Confused." Sounds to me like it's the editors in New York who are confused.