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BBC ‘News’ Says: US Raid Kills 30 Iraq ‘Militants’

From the formerly liberal BBC ‘News’:

[Reuters caption:] Mourners grieve during a funeral for people killed during a U.S. military air strike, in Baghdad’s Sadr City August 8, 2007. A U.S. helicopter strike in Baghdad’s crowded Shi’ite slum of Sadr City killed 13 people and wounded eight early on Wednesday, hospital sources said. U.S. military officials did not immediately respond to queries about the incident.

US raid kills 30 Iraq ‘militants’

US-led forces have killed 30 militants in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, the US military has said.

They said most had died in an air strike following a raid in the Shia district of Sadr City. Twelve people were also detained in the operation.

The US military said the dead were part of a network that was smuggling weapons from Iran, but witnesses said women and children were among those killed.

In a statement, the US military said US and Iraqi forces had carried out an overnight raid on a group of buildings in Sadr City where Shia militants were based.

US commanders said they believed the cell was smuggling weapons and explosive charges that have been used against US patrols from Iran, as well as sending militants to Iran for training.

One of the main targets of the raid was a man who acted as a liaison between Iraqi militants and the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the military said.

It said the troops came under sporadic gunfire as they approached the buildings, killed two armed men they believed to be lookouts, then detained 12 suspected members of the Special Groups Cell.

“During the course of the operation, the assault force and the overhead aerial support observed a vehicle and large group of armed men on foot attempting an assault on the ground forces,” according to the statement.

It said air support was called and US aircraft killed an estimated 30 militants.

The military statement was issued after the Associated Press quoted Iraqi police as saying nine civilians, including two women, had been killed in the US operation in Sadr City.

A military spokesman said there had been women and children in the area during the raid, but denied any had died.

Later, men and young boys were seen weeping over coffins outside a nearby hospital and hundreds of residents marched through Sadr City in protest against the raids…

Notice how the BBC ‘News’ does everything in their power to make it seem as if ‘civilians’ were killed.

They never stop. Every story is an excuse to trot out claims of ‘civilian’ casualties. On a battlefield where the enemy wears no uniform, and uses women and children as their foot soldiers.

But for BBC ‘News’ and the rest of our watchdog media every person killed by the US or its allies forces is presumptively a ‘civilian’ — even after being proved otherwise.

And notice how BBC ‘News’ never puts quotes around ‘civilians.’ If boys are crying over coffins, that proves civilians were killed.

They no longer report the ‘news.’ They simply use events to advance their propaganda.

And only those events that will further their causes.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 8th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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