Saturday, April 15, 2017

AP repeats as fact single-sourced anonymous claim

AP is trumpeting 'news.'

Not news.


A chemical attack has taken place in Mosul.

And we're supposed to know it's true, understand, because they have an anonymous source.

Some unnamed Iraqi military officer says it happened.


A chemical attack happens in Mosul and the prime minister of the country, Hayder al-Abadi, is silent but an unnamed Iraqi military officer -- whose rank is never specified -- says it happened.

Whatever happened to the rule of three?

I guess AP doesn't really care.

They'll insist a chemical attack took place based on a single source.

What a proud moment for journalism, for AP and for humanity.

If you really want to end fake news, maybe you start by not reporting single sourced claims -- especially not reporting them as facts?

It's day 179 of The Mosul Slog.

AFP offers a timeline of the lengthy operation that is now six months old.  AFP also reports:

IS holds territory in Iraq's Kirkuk province, as well as areas west of Mosul, and in western Anbar province, and also controls territory including the city of Raqa in Syria.
Losing these areas would still not eliminate the threat of bombings and hit-and-run attacks by the jihadists.
Iraqi "successes in Mosul obscure how (IS) has successfully been resurging in other provinces in Iraq," Martin said.

The jihadists have "reconstituted attack capabilities in Diyala and central Salaheddin," he said, referring to provinces where Iraqi forces had largely reasserted control after heavy fighting earlier in the war against IS.
The end of the battle for Mosul will also leave Iraq struggling with thorny political issues including control of recaptured territory in the north that is claimed by both the country's autonomous Kurdish region and its federal government.

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    Veterans For Peace Condemns U.S. Actions in Syria

    This is from Veterans For Peace:

    Veterans For Peace condemns the illegal U.S. attack in Syria. We call on the Trump Administration to immediately end all military actions in Syria and to begin intense U.S. diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in the region. We call on our members and all those who want an end to U.S. wars to contact the President and Congress, to meet and talk to people about peaceful means to end the war in Syria and hit the streets to make our resistance to war visible.

    Call the White House  202-456-1111 and your Senators and Congressional Representatives 202-224-3121 and tell them that military action only increases the dangers and intensifies the humanitarian catastrophe in the region.

    Veterans For Peace mourns the deaths of those recently killed in the chemical attack and the hundreds of thousands of lives that have passed over the last six years of this conflict.
    The physical effects of a chemical attack and the way it kills is horrendous. The president stated, “No child should ever suffer such horror.” But the ongoing war itself is horrific with many more children dying due to countless attacks by all forces involved, disease, and other war related crises. The madness of this multi-sided war must end. We demand the Trump administration remove all military operations within Syria and to stop flooding the region with arms sales.

    The United States is not innocent in the death of over 400,000 people in Syria and across the region since 2011. For more than two decades, the U.S. has been the most powerful destabilizing factor in the region. For the last few years, the U.S. has and continues to support and conduct military operations within the borders of Syria with devastating effects, including the bombing and killing of civilians. Further, the 1991 U.S. led invasion of Iraq, the no-fly zones led by U.S. forces, the war in Afghanistan and the second invasion of Iraq are twenty-six years of continuous U.S. military operations. The cumulative effects of U.S. war-making, decisions made as part of the occupation of Iraq and the subsequent rise of ISIL are the most impactful factors in creating the refugee crisis and the regional destabilization the president referred to in his statement.

    It should be clear after more than a generation of war that more war and violence as witnessed in last night’s attacks will not bring an end to the killing and suffering. There are no positive effects coming out of U.S. involvement in Syria and it only further contributes to the death and destruction of the Syrian people.  We call on the President to stop ratcheting up tension at home and around the world. The “peace and harmony” he calls for cannot prevail through cycles of violence.

    War Hag Christiane Amanpour gets served by Sarah Abdallah

    Some Tweets from Sarah Abdallah:

  • Because anything that goes against your network and its agenda ain't fit for broadcasting, isn't that right?
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    Today marks 3 years since Maaloula, the oldest inhabited Christian town where Aramaic is still spoken, was liberated from Al-Qaeda.
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    UPDATE: Over 100 Syrian Shia civilians killed in and countless others wounded. And yet, still NO WORD OF CONDEMNATION from the US!
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    Who called for investigation before firing missiles? And who praised Trump for firing missiles with no vote by Congress? DWS
  • A Syrian nun honored by the US, says she likes President Assad and that he helps and protects Christians.
  • Will the photos of Syrian Shia babies burned alive in today move Ivanka Trump & Nikki Haley to tears? Not holding my breath.
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    Instead of pursuing illegal regime change in Syria, the US should cut all ties with these terrorists who murder Christians & Shias for sport
  • goes on and most of the "Muslim" world is silent because Saudi Arabia has paid them to keep their mouths shut.
  • Today, "rebels" killed Shias. Tomorrow, they might hit Christians on Easter. This barbarity won't stop 'till the US ends its war on .
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    Terrorists who blew up fleeing Shia civilians have been called "moderate rebels" for years. This is who McCain wants to give more arms to!
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    The innocents killed today had been besieged by Al-Qaeda thugs in Idlib for years. Not one damn liberal ever shed one damn tear for them.
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    Charred bodies of Shia children & women are being pulled from evacuation buses. The terrorists who killed them were armed & trained by Obama
  • Sheer horror in today. Scores of Shia civilians from Foua and Kefraya were savagely burned alive after an Al-Qaeda suicide attack.
  • This is absolutely gorgeous. Never seen anything like it before! A Byzantine-style boat church in .
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    7-Year-Old 'Aleppo Twitter Girl' Bana Alabed’s Father May Have Links to ISIS Terrorists
  • Hundreds of Syrian Christians attended their very first mass in 's St. Elijah Cathedral in nearly five years.