I also wonder what bearing a terrorist attack in a section of the country that we’re not even fighting in has to this woman’s story. No real point here, just a real WTF moment reading that caption on that picture. Of course, it’s an AFP story, maybe the stereotypes are true and the French don’t even know what a fired bullet looks like.
I found this to be an amusing example of poor reporting, but I’m putting it in the Pit because it’s about Iraq and inevitably some people will want to vent.
The caption appears to take the woman’s story at face value. Others are pointing out that the two rounds (NOT bullets) the women is holding have never been fired from a rifle. The only way those rounds (casing and all) could have struck her house is if somebody threw them at her house by hand.
It’s a caption, not investigative reporting. All it does is quote what the person said and let the readers reach their own conclusion.
I know it’s wrong to generalize, but from my experience with Arab culture, I’ve noticed they often have a tendency to… overstate their case; to take an actual grievence and embellish it until it is no longer believeable. For instance, I remember a case several years ago where a Palestinian was telling about being arrested by the Israeli security forces. Apparently, he told how Shin Bet interrogators beat him bloody - which is a crime, and should be reported. However, he then went on to say how the agents knelt down and lapped up his blood. This is an obvious lie, and pretty damn absurd, too; by saying it, he undermined his entire case.
It’s the same thing with the old Iraqi qoman. U.S. troop probably did shoot at, or near her house, and she probably found those bullets (which had dropped out of some G.I’s web gear) on the ground outside. As far as she’s concerned, she was just embellishing the story, but to us, it looks like a lie.
Or she told her story and some idiot photographer thought a photo of just some woman was not very illustrative and so he got some rounds off his bodyguard and gave them to her to hold so the photo would be more dramatic.
Back in the Nam … (No, I wasn’t here, how old do you think I am?) … the US used to spread AK rounds on battlefield certain the thrifty enemy would police them up. They were designed to explode in the chamber. Even better, circulars told US troops not to use captured AKs as they were poor-quality. This was to protect the Americans and to make the Bad Guys a little gun shy.
Exactly. Or maybe some soldier was walking by at some point, there was some scuffle, and something happened that resulted in him dropping a few bullets (I’m not even sure if this is possible- as I don’t know how they store extra rounds and stuff).
I seriously doubt any American forces threw the bullets at her house. I know some idiots in the military, but none of them are quite that dumb.
Squink’s link gives enough info. I case you have trouble with it, it shows a woman who appears to be dressed in common muslim attire, holding two unspent bullet cartridges in her hand. The caption says that the woman claims the bullets hit her house. Since they unfired the bullets must have been thrown at her house.