Regarding the AP Story
In looking at the revised AP story on the six Sunnis allegedly burned, a couple questions.
One witness said he and other people from the neighborhood took the six immolation victims to the Sunni cemetery near Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib suburb and buried them after the gunbattle. That witness said one of the victims was the Mustafa mosque muezzin or prayer caller, Ahmed al-Mashadani. He did not know the names of the five others, but said they were all members of the al-Mashadani tribe.
Would that be the same Sunni, Ahmed al-Mashadani who was, according to sources, kidnapped sometime in August? It’s a Spanish language story. I’ll include the translated graph and the one above.
To these deaths it is possible to add the kidnapping of a brother of the president of the Iraqian Parliament, the suní Mahmud al Mashadani, by a group of men armed in Bagdad, informed sources into the ministry into Interior.
According to the sources, Amhed al-Mashadani was kidnapped yesterday at night while he lead by the district of chií majority of Hurriya, in the northwest of the capital.
The AP states the attack began:
BAGHDAD — The attack on the small Mustafa Sunni mosque began as worshippers were finishing Friday midday prayers.
And includes two times:
Those who would talk said the assault began about 2:15 p.m … The two other witnesses said the mosque assault began in earnest about 2:30 p.m.
Certainly I could be wrong. But from this site, it seems the midday prayer time in Iraq would be about 11:15 AM with the Asr, or afternoon prayer time beginning at 2:36 PM. If those times are correct, neither of the times alleged would put the attack at the end of midday prayer.
The AP says:
The witnesses refused to allow the use of their names because they feared retribution
Then went on to add:
Two of the witnesses — a 45-year-old bookshop owner and a 48-year-old neighborhood grocery owner
If the new alleged version of the story is correct, did the AP just burn two sources by providing details to bolster their own credibility at the cost of putting their sources lives at risks? How many 45 and 48 year old respective book and grocery store owners are to be found in this one neighborhood, after all?
The AP says:
AP Television News also took video of the Mustafa mosque showing a large portion of the front wall around the door blown away. The interior of the mosque appeared to be badly damaged and there were signs of fire.
More than a hundred Sunni Muslim men have answered the call to prayer and come to the Ahbab al-Mustafa mosque in Baghdad’s Hurriyah neighborhood. The atmosphere is tense, just a few days after someone attacked the mosque with explosives and a rocket-propelled grenade. Local clerics and the U-S military fear the incident could spark more violence.
The AP says:
The Associated Press first reported on Friday’s incident that evening, based on the account of police Capt. Jamil Hussein and Imad al-Hashimi, a Sunni elder in Hurriyah, who told Al-Arabiya television he saw people who were soaked in kerosene, then set afire, burning before his eyes.
Is that the same Imad al-Hashini who infamous quote of Nov 3 was:
"This is America spitting in our face," said Imad al-Hashimi, a Baghdad paediatrician. "The sheer arrogance of it is unbelievable."
And if it was him, as a doctor, could, or did he do anything to help any of the alleged victims?
And lastly, was there ever any clarification to the earlier story of the attack at the mosque? It appears to be the home to extremists some allege caused the previous damage themselves while manufacturing car bombs?
At the cement-rendered Ahbab Al-Mustafa mosque, the imam, Ahmed Al-Dabash, with the trademark straggly beard associated with pro-Sunni extremism, blamed Tuesday’s bombing on Shiite militias and denied that a day later his congregation had attacked the Shiites’ Al Tuheed mosque.
Amjad Jazim Mohammed, a member of the Shiite congregation, said that he and fellow worshippers went to help the dead and injured Sunnis, but that the explosion was not a Shiite attack – rather an accidental detonation as the Sunnis prepared car-bombs for use against local Shiites.
Just curious, is all.