Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Male bomber dressed as woman

Tina Susman's "Iraq suicide bomber a man in woman's garb" (Los Angeles Times) covers the assassination attempt (using a bomber) on Diyala Province governor Raad Tamimi and notes that the bomber was "a man dressed as a woman" which begs the question of does the New York Times do corrections on stories they run? A8, the New York Times runs "Female Suicide Bomber Kills 2 in Iraqi Province." The author? Associated Press. Not only is the article wrong, it's not even by anyone working for the paper. They spend how much money for the Baghdad operation and they're running AP articles to cover Iraq? Well they ran it, will they correct it?

From Susman's article:

Tamimi, the governor, said the bomber was walking on the sidewalk but headed into the street as the convoy neared.
"He tried to head toward us but we were careful, because suicidal attackers are common in Diyala," Tamimi said, adding that everyone had believed the bomber to be a woman because he was wearing a long, flowing traditional abaya.
The military warned months back that Al Qaeda in Iraq was finding it harder to recruit men and had turned to women to stage suicide attacks. At least 28 women have carried them out this year, according to U.S. Army figures, compared with seven last year.
Initial reports identified Tuesday's bomber as a woman, but the military said it had determined the attacker to be a man dressed as a woman.

Ernesto Londono (Washington Post) covers the efforts to build Iraq's air force and
notes, "U.S. lawmakers appropriated $8.5 billion to train and equip Iraq's security forces in 2007 and 2008. Of that sum, roughly $457 million went to the Iraqi air force."

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