At Chickenhawk Express, Robin Boyd finds evidence that the Washington Post used a report found on a pro-al Qaeda, pro-terrorist website in today's story on the Mahmudiyah investigation:
The accounts in the Washington Post and Mafkarat al-Islam are almost identical, down to the job held by the father of the rape victim. Both reports describe the condition of the young woman’s body in the same manner.
According to the US State Department, Muhammad Abu Nasr, co-editor of the Free Arab Voice website is one of the main purveyors of deliberate disinformation about US actions in Iraq. Abu Nasr "translates material from Islam Memo into English and posts it as 'Iraqi Resistance Reports' on his website."
That aspects of the story came from a source known for falsifying evidence would explain some of the discrepencies I noted earlier. That the Post utilized a pro-terrorist disinformation site is, depressingly, unsurprising.
UPDATE: Chickenhawk Express has more. At least one of the sources for the story is remarkably suspicious.
A clarification is in order. I stated in this post that the investigation involved five soldiers. According to Reuters, the investigation involves two soldiers.
CNN reports the investigation began after a soldier undergoing stress counseling reported hearing rumors that soldiers were involved in the attack on the Iraqi family. The counseling had been ordered for the regiment because it was the also the regiment of the two murdered soldiers, Pfc. Kristian Menchaca and Pfc. Thomas Tucker. Reuters reports a second soldier coming forward with information -- specifically that on the day of the murders, the sodliers being investigated returned to their camp with blood on their clothes.
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