The first paragraph illustrates the impact of the reckless and subversive nature of AP reportinging:
An influential Sunni organization in Iraq said Sunday that allegations U.S. soldiers raped an Iraqi woman, then killed her and her family were "a sign of shame to the American invaders."An anonymous allegation has now become the basis for a Sunni group to grab a little sympathetic internal press by sliding from "might have happened" to "did happen". This is how AP gets American servicemen killed - and why the American military needs to ascertain who the "military officials" anonymously spoon feeding AP might be. It's also a very good reason for every service member in Iraq to keep their distance from AP reporters. They aren't on America's side and they should be treated with the contempt that they work so hard to earn.
UPDATE CF in comments points to this piece at Sweetness & Light which clarifies that AP is taking moral direction from al Queada. It is a true shame that it is unsurprising that they do so. After all, what are allies for but to lend moral support against common enemies? The Iraqi government now controls the admission of foreigners. It would be in their interest to examine whether AP employees deserve to be classified as journalists or "foreign fighters" of the al Queada stripe.
SECOND UPDATE:CF in comments points to additional confirmation that both AP and the Washington Post are acting as propaganda shills for al Queada. Who are these "military officials" giving credence to the propaganda? Calling these 'reporters' liars is probably redundant but the military should not be providing resources to al Queada shills - let al Queada take care of their own.
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