Sunday, March 04, 2007

BBC: These Are FACTS?

Here's the BBC's lead:

An incident described by US forces in Afghanistan as a "complex ambush" has left 16 civilians dead.

Yah--it was "complex," all right:

The US military said a minibus containing explosives was driven at the convoy, injuring one soldier.

US troops were then attacked from several directions and returned fire in defence of the patrol.

And the usual suspects are ready to provide the usual story:

However, Mohammad Khan Katawazi, chief of Shinwar district, said the US troops treated everyone as a potential attacker even if they had no evidence.

One injured civilian, Tur Gul, told the Associated Press news agency: "They opened fire on everybody, the ones inside the vehicles and the ones on foot."

"When we parked our vehicle, when they passed us, they opened fire on our vehicle," said Mohammad Ishaq, 15, who was also hit by bullets.

Somehow, this little story is almost iconic.

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