A fake triumph

December 2nd, 2003 – 11:08 pm
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You’ve probably heard about the “battle” in Samarra, during which our brave troops killed 56 Iraqi insurgents who were trying to ambush them. The problem, of course, is that it seems that’s not what actually happened.

The mystery, which borders on solving a mathematics equation, further deepened with Col Gonsalves’ report.

According to him, a total of 60 militants, divided into two groups, attacked two convoys escorting new Iraqi currency to banks in the city.

Another four assailants in a BMW attacked a separate engineering convoy.

If the US troops killed 46 and captured 11 of them, only three of the survivors would have been left to pick up the corpses.

The article also contains the protestations of local officials and residents that there simply weren’t that many bodies around after the battle, in the streets or in the local hospital. So, either the locals are all engaged in a big conspiracy to cover up what happened, or the Army is lying about what really happened in Samarra. I know which one I think is more likely.

[via Sisyphus Shrugged]

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