AP Is Busted! Uses BOGUS Source For Months in Iraqi Fables!

** The Associated Press is busted for its fraudulent Iraqi reports!!! **

The AP used a bogus source at least 10 times since April of this year!!

Flopping Aces had problems with the account of the 6 Sunni torchings described by Iraqi “Capt. Jamil Hussein” this past weekend.

Flopping Aces also points out these other accounts of mass violence and death published by the AP using Capt. Jamil Hussein as their source:

* April 30, 2006 Dora Neighborhood, Baghdad:

In yesterday’s worst violence, the bodies of six handcuffed, blindfolded and tortured men were found in the Baghdad neighborhood of Dora, said police Capt. Jamil Hussein.

* May 27, 2006, Southern Baghdad:

Gunmen in three speeding cars also ambushed a patrol in western Baghdad, wounding 10 people, including six policemen, and two other policemen were injured in drive-by shootings in a nearby neighbourhood, police Capt. Jamil Hussein said.

* June 19, 2006, Southern Baghdad:

Two explosions struck an Interior Ministry patrol and a market in the Baghdad area on Monday evening, killing at least seven people and wounding 16, police said. The first attack was a car bomb that struck an Interior Ministry patrol in western Baghdad, killing four commandos and wounding six, Capt. Jamil Hussein said.

* July 10, 2006, Predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Amariyah in Western Baghdad:

Gunmen also ambushed a bus in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Amariyah in western Baghdad, killing six passengers, including a woman, and the driver, police Capt. Jamil Hussein said.

* September 20, 2006, Western Baghdad:

The truck bomb attack in the southern Baghdad neighbourhood of Dora came at 07:45 as policemen were coming on duty and the blast razed the building, said captain Jamil Hussein. He said the number of casualties was expected to rise.

Flopping Aces was right!

The Associated Press has been using a bogus source describing horrible Iraqi atrocities for months!

Imad al-Hasimi, a Sunni elder in Hurriyah according to the SFGate was another “witness” to this crime.

Here is the letter that Flopping Aces received today from Centcom:

BIG UPDATE…..Centcom has confirmed this Capt. Jamil Hussein is NOT a Police Officer nor is he employed by the Ministry of Interior:

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Dear Associated Press:

On Nov. 24, 2006, your organization published an article by Qais Al-Bashir about six Sunnis being burned alive in the presence of Iraqi Police officers. This news item, which is below, received an enormous amount of coverage internationally.

We at Multi-National Corps – Iraq made it known through MNC-I Press Release Number 20061125-09 and our conversations with your reporters that neither we nor Baghdad Police had any reports of such an incident after investigating it and could find no one to corroborate the story. A couple of hours ago, we learned something else very important. We can tell you definitively that the primary source of this story, police Capt. Jamil Hussein, is not a Baghdad police officer or an MOI employee. We verified this fact with the MOI through the Coalition Police Assistance Training Team.

Also, we definitely know, as we told you several weeks ago through the MNC-I Media Relations cell, that another AP-popular IP spokesman, Lt. Maithem Abdul Razzaq, supposedly of the city’s Yarmouk police station, does not work at that police station and is also not authorized to speak on behalf of the IP. The MOI has supposedly issued a warrant for his questioning.

I know we have informed you that there exists an MOI edict that no one below the level of chief is authorized to be an Iraqi Police spokesperson. An unauthorized IP spokesperson will get fired for talking to the media. While I understand the importance of a news agency to use anonymous and unauthorized sources, it is still incumbent upon them to make sure their facts are straight. Was this information verified by anyone else? If the source providing the information is lying about his name, then he ought not to be represented as an official IP spokesperson and should be listed as an anonymous source.

Unless you have a credible source to corroborate the story of the people being burned alive, we respectfully request that AP issue a retraction, or a correction at a minimum, acknowledging that the source named in the story is not who he claimed he was. MNC-I and MNF-I are always available and willing to verify events and provide as much information as possible when asked.

Very respectfully,
LT XXXXXX

XXXX X XXXXXXXX
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
MNC-I Joint Operations Center
Public Affairs Officer

Not only is Capt. Hussein bogus, but another source the AP has used extensively is bogus.

Update: It looks like the AP has been using Capt. Jamil Hussein since at least April 27, 2006!

Here is the April 27, 2006 AP article, southwest Bahgdad:

In southwest Baghdad, police received a tip that two men were traveling in the area with explosives hidden beneath their clothes, said police Capt. Jamil Hussein. After a brief gunbattle, the explosives detonated, killing both men, he said.

Another AP article from July 8, 2006 from the Ghazaliya neighborhood:

Gunmen in two speeding cars opened fire on a Sunni mosque in west Baghdad’s Ghazaliya neighborhood. Mosque guards returned fire and the attackers fled, police Capt. Jamil Hussein said.

Another AP article from June 1, 2006 and the al-Bayaa neighborhood:

Three gunmen shot to death two mechanics at their workshop in an industrial area in the al-Bayaa neighborhood in western Baghdad, police Capt. Jamil Hussein said.

The AP reported the horrible and phoney story on
November 24, 2006
, in the once-mixed Hurriyah neighborhood:

Revenge-seeking Shi’ite militiamen grabbed six Sunnis as they left Friday worship services, doused them with kerosene and burned them alive near an Iraqi army post. The soldiers did not intervene, police Capt. Jamil Hussein said.

And of course, the AP report on November 25, 2006, more from the neighborhood of Hurriyah:

Iraqi soldiers at a nearby army post failed to intervene in the assault by suspected members of the Shiite Mahdi Army militia or subsequent attacks that killed a total of 25 Sunnis, including women and children, said police Capt. Jamil Hussein.

Michelle Malkin has much more on the bogus Iraq reporting.
HotAir has more.
Jeff Goldstein has more on the kerosene mosque murder reports.
Junkyard Blog believes that AP Iraqi writer Qais al-Bashir may have super powers!

Update: The other bogus AP source, Lt. Maithem Abdul Razzaq, was used as a source in at least 11 AP articles since April 3, 2006!

Gee… You think these bogus sources have shaped public opinion any?

ANOTHER UPDATE: The Sunni imam in charge of the mosque is accused by his own congregation of being a member of Saddam’s secret police. MORE HERE.

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