Haditha Media Errors Exposed
To keep this straight-forward, I’m taking this item by item. It proves there are false reports being told by some Iraqis as regards Haditha. Unfortunately, the AP and the MSM appear to be gleefully reporting them without checking their facts.
From the AP today:
At about the same time, a man who stepped out of his nearby house to see what was happening at Ayed Ahmed’s home was shot and wounded, according to al-Hadithi. Aws Fahmi, 43, was left to bleed on the street for about two hours before a female neighbor dragged him to safety, al-Hadithi told the AP. Fahmi’s family was not able to take him to a hospital until two days later, al-Hadithi said.
Someone must have forgotten that Aws Fahmi was quoted ten times in this WaPo piece from May27, as a witness. Not once did he claim to be involved, let alone shot. Are we to believe he forgot? Or that the WaPo wouldn’t tell the story of a man shot and left to die in the street by our Marines?
Aws Fahmi, a Haditha resident who said he watched and listened from his home as Marines went from house to house killing members of three families … After the killings, Fahmi said, more Americans arrived at the scene. They shouted among themselves. The Marines cordoned off the block; then, and for at least the next day, Marines filed into the houses, looked around and came out.
In the WaPo piece Fahmi also claims to have observed events in part from his roof.
Then one of the Marines took charge and began shouting, said Fahmi, who was watching from his roof.
But if you look at this account from the AP on June 3, you’ll see that it is now an Iraqi lawyer looking for cash, Khaled Salam Rsayef who is bringing all the new information out and claiming to have been the observer on the roof. The names are changed but the accounts are the same.
Rsayef said his account of what happened was based on his personal observations from the rooftop of his home and windows.
Now look at these two different accounts below, both from the same eyewitness, the young girl who survived and was filmed by ABC calling for the execution of the Marines. She’s told at least two versions of her story and possibly as many as four.
AP June 3rd – In an off-camera conversation with the cameraman, Iman, the 9-year-old survivor, told of hiding under a bed for hours after the shootings. She said Marines finally found her and initially took her for dead when they pulled her out. … The Marines later flew her and her brother Abdul-Rahman to a nearby hospital for treatment of their minor wounds. They were later moved to a Baghdad hospital.
But look what she had already told Time.
Eman Waleed, 9, lived in a house 150 yards from the site of the blast … She claims the troops started firing toward the corner of the room where she and her younger brother Abdul Rahman, 8, were hiding; the other adults shielded the children from the bullets but died in the process. Eman says her leg was hit by a piece of metal and Abdul Rahman was shot near his shoulder. "We were lying there, bleeding, and it hurt so much. Afterward, some Iraqi soldiers came. They carried us in their arms. I was crying, shouting ‘Why did you do this to our family?’ And one Iraqi soldier tells me, ‘We didn’t do it. The Americans did.’"
Now look at this, it gets worse:
WaPo on the 27th – Only 13-year-old Safa Younis lived — saved, she said, by her mother’s blood spilling onto her, making her look dead when she fell, limp, in a faint.
From a CNN Interview: A 12-year old survivor of the alleged massacre of innocent civilians by U.S. Marines patrolling Haditha has admitted she had prior knowledge of the plot to detonate an IED as their convoy was passing by her house on the morning of Nov. 19, 2005. "I was planning to go to school. I was about to go out of bed. I knew the bomb would explode so I covered my ears," the youngster said, according to a CNN translator."The American forces entered the house and started shooting with their guns. They killed my mother and my sister Nour. They killed her when she shot her in the head. She was only 15 years old. My other sister was shot with seven bullets in the head and she was only 10 years old." "And my brother Muhammad was hiding under the bed when the U.S. military hit him with the butt of the gun and the started shooting him under the bed. The U.S. military then shot me and I was showered in blood. Younis said she survived by pretending to be dead.
She knew the IED was going to explode? And we’re to assume there were no terrorists in that house, assuming she was even there?
Safa Younis Salim, a 13-year old girl, who in an interview said she lived by faking her death. ”I pretended that I was dead when my brother’s body fell on me and he was bleeding like a faucet," she said. She said that she saw American troops kick her family members and that one American shouted in the face of one relative before he was killed.
And this from the Seattle Times:
Safa Younis Salim, the 12-year-old, said she lay on the ground, covered with her sister’s blood, and pretended to be dead while her family died around her. Her sister’s blood spurted fast; it was like a water tap, she said.
She’s one of the videotaped witnesses and I can find quotes attributed to her claiming it was just about anyone’s blood, including her own. And she knew about the IED? Meanwhile, MSNBC has the nerve to head a piece – Witness Stories Consistent???? Come on!! They should be ashamed!
Time did a ten week investigation of this story and if you search it, none of these witnesses existed. Not Al-Hadithi, Safa Younis, or the lawyer Khaled Salem Rsayef. Now, not only are they bringing out videos, they are claiming to have lived next door. And the MSM is splashing their stories all over the place. This is obscene.
It also appears as though the names of the people in the second home have been changed to match the lawyers last name and one eyewitness said it was the male owner’s sister – another said it was his wife’s sister. The body count has changed twice and suddenly the girl on video appeared.
All Time originally said of the second home was this:
The Marines then began firing, killing eight residents—including the owner, his wife, the owner’s sister, a 2-year-old son and three young daughters.(7)
On May 27th the WaPo said this:
The Marines moved to the house next door, Fahmi said. Inside were 43-year-old Khafif, 41-year-old Aeda Yasin Ahmed, an 8-year-old son, five young daughters and a 1-year-old girl staying with the family, according to death certificates and neighbors. (9 people)The Marines shot them at close range and hurled grenades into the kitchen and bathroom, survivors and neighbors said later. Khafif’s pleas could be heard across the neighborhood. Four of the girls died screaming. Only 13-year-old Safa Younis lived — saved, she said, by her mother’s blood spilling onto her, making her look dead when she fell, limp, in a faint.
Today we are being told this:
Later, the Marines moved next door to the house of Younis Salem Rsayef and his family. "There was intense gunfire and I could see a fire at the Rsayef home," said al-Hadithi, who watched from a window at his family home. In the second home, eight people were killed: Rsayef, his wife, her sister and five children.
Because the names in the first and third house are identified, there are too many families for three houses.
1st house – the home of 76-year-old Abdul Hamid Hassan Ali
3rd house – the house of Ayed Ahmed
I put the two Ahmeds in red for a reason. If it’s a mix up, it still doesn’t make sense, because the new witness states there were four male victims in the Ahmed house, not an entire family as with the first Ahmed cited above.
the house of Ayed Ahmed There, he said, four brothers, all of fighting age, were ordered inside a closet and shot dead. Everyone else was spared, al-Hadithi said.
Update: The Seattle Times has another report which appears to have the full name of those in the second house. It isn’t Rsayef.
The Marines stopped next at the home of Customs official Younis Salim Nusaif, 45, and his wife, Aida Yassin.
And now this: AP Interview: Iraqi activist details deaths at Haditha
BAGHDAD, Iraq An Iraqi human rights advocate says a few Marines accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha went on a three-hour house-to-house hunt, while Marines nearby did not intervene.
An Associated Press interview with the activist (Thaer al-Hadithi) offers details, but largely follows other witness accounts that claim U-S Marines went on a vengeful rampage after a comrade was killed by a roadside bomb.
Twenty-seven and a half million Google hits for Haditha – and not one of them the truth thanks to a MSM that can’t wait to tell a horrible story we don’t yet know is true.
But due to the contradictions in their own reporting, we can be sure the AP and some in the MSM can’t possibly be accurate.
Update 2: It appears the following two stories might conflict, as well. That’s assuming the implication is that the boy was in the room when his Father was shot.
"Then we did what we always do when there’s an explosion: my father goes into his room with the Koran and prays that the family will be spared any harm." Eman says the rest of the family—her mother, grandfather, grandmother, two brothers, two aunts and two uncles—gathered in the living room. … "First, they went into my father’s room, where he was reading the Koran," she claims, "and we heard shots."
His 9-year-old daughter, Eman, who survived, said she was wearing her pajamas when the Marines arrived. Her brother, Abdul Rahman, 7, also survived, and said he hid his face with a blanket when his father was shot.
Update 3: Another possible conflict and possible scenario.
One body was charred, al-Obeidi added. That was believed to be Iman’s father, Walid Abdul-Hameed, who witnesses said was burned to death after a grenade was thrown into his room.
Iman states her Father was off in his room praying, the military went in the room and she heard shots. The account directly above suggests a grenade was thrown into his room.
To be clear, I am not trying to absolve the guilty. I would simply like to see the accounts out there make sense.
“The Americans knocked at the door,” she said on the video released this week by the human rights group, which is not well-known outside of Iraq. “My father went to open it. They shot him dead from behind the door, and then they shot him again after they opened the door.”
Safa said one attacker shot at other family members. She said she hid in a bedroom by the bodies of her mother and siblings. “I pretended to be dead.”
SAFA YOUNIS, FAMILY KILLED (through translator): A bomb exploded on the street outside. We heard the sound of the explosion, and we heard shouting. We were inside the house when U.S. forces broke through the door. They killed my father in the kitchen. The American forces entered the house and started shooting with their guns.
Update 5: Another one – one report has them in a different house.
Time: Eman says her leg was hit by a piece of metal and Abdul Rahman was shot near his shoulder. "We were lying there, bleeding, and it hurt so much.
CNN: CHILCOTE: Safa’s cousins, 8-year-old Abdul Rahman Walleed (ph) and 9-year-old Iman Walleed (ph) were next door in the first house entered by the Marines. They say seven were killed in this house
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