A Challenge to TIME Magazine to Get Their Facts Straight

(From the Iraqi Media)

In their editorial on the security situation in Iraq this morning TIME Magazine leads off with this “horrible discovery”:

The horrible discovery in Diyala province Monday was disturbing even by the standards of Iraq’s running sectarian violence. Iraqi police said they found 20 decapitated bodies dumped near a police station west of Baquba, the capital of Diyala province. That same day a suicide bomber on a bicycle careened into a Baquba police station, killing 29.

The violent deaths in Iraq are on the decline, the US fatalities are declining, the political situation is shaping up so TIME has really no other choice to discredit the war efforts than to lead with this grisly find of “20 headless corpses” outside a police station near Baqubah.

Apparently, the terrorists are so effective in this region that they can pull up a truck outside a police station and dump 20 headless corpses and then escape without being seen or heard.
Too bad this never happened!


After the original reports came out in the Western Press on Monday, the BBC was the first to retract their story about the “20 headless corpses” found near Baquba on Monday night:

Meanwhile, Iraqi police denied earlier reports that 20 headless bodies had been found dumped near Baquba.

Following up on the story on Tuesday I personally spoke with Maj. Winfield Danielson the official spokesman for MNF-Iraq. Major Danielson told me that they had no record that this incident took place yesterday near Baquba (Bakubah).
There was no evidence to back up the story.

After reading TIME Magazine’s depressing report this morning I followed up with MNF-Iraq and again spoke with Maj. Winfield Danielson. Major Danielson told me that they had not received any word from Iraqi authorities that this event took place. (This is two days after the bodies were supposedly discovered.) Major Danielson also explained that if there was a record of this event that MNF-I would have seen the report. They have not seen any follow up report on this incident.
There is no evidence of this event.
There is no official report on this event.
There are no photos of this event.

TIME magazine says “20 decapitated bodies” were found near Baquba.
Prove it.

Blackfive adds: “Why it sucks to write for a dead tree mag”

DeCapiGate: Take 2… Another Bogus “20 Headless Bodies” Report

Thanks to Alphabet City

Iraqi security officials deny the report of the 20 headless bodies:

This is from Aswat Aliraq (Voices of Iraq) media outlet:

Security official denies 20 headless bodies found in Diala
Diala – Voices of Iraq
Wednesday , 31 /10 /2007 Time 9:56:04

Diala, Oct 30, (VOI) – Diala security operations chief Abdul-Kareem al-Rubaie dismissed news reports that 20 headless bodies were found in the city of Baaquba on Monday.

“News reports about the finding of 20 decapitated bodies in the village of al-Qassirein, al-Khalis district, (15 km north of Baaquba) were groundless,” said Maj. General Rubaie in statements to the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI) on Monday.

Forces from the Iraqi army and police went to the village and conducted a thorough search but found no single corpse there, explained Rubaie.
Some local and Arab mass media on Monday evening reported that 20 headless bodies were found in al-Qassirein.

Baaquba, the capital of Diala, is 57 km northeast of Baghdad.

Please contact TIME Magazine and demand that they retract this bogus report.
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