June 08, 2006

Lost In Translation?

Perhaps Juan Cole should call his blog Poorly Informed Comment:

[my bold]

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced Thursday morning that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been killed, along with 7 aides, in a gun battle with US and Iraqi troops at Baqubah.

Of course, the article Juan Cole linked to said nothing of the sort:

Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has been killed in a joint U.S. and Iraqi military raid north of Baghdad, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced on Thursday...

How he could get the most basic of facts wrong—that al-Zarqawi was killed in an airstrike—in such a widely reported story, is absolutely astounding.

Perhaps he's having translation issues again?

Posted by Confederate Yankee at June 8, 2006 10:02 AM | TrackBack

To be fair, its not entirely clear based on that one story he linked to, as to just what kind of a raid took place, whether it was a gun battle or air strike.

However, if he hasn't corrected it by now, based on all the other news stories out there confirming it was a air strike, well...

(And I just checked, he hasn't.)


Posted by: Cicero at June 8, 2006 10:23 AM

Any kind of dead will do, as far as I'm concerned. I hope the maggot suffered before he died.

But why in the world are you reading Juan Cole, anyways? :-)

Posted by: Temujin at June 8, 2006 02:20 PM

And to think that they denied this man a position at Yale!

Posted by: D. Carter at June 8, 2006 02:29 PM