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Friday, August 06, 2004

Is the AP staging photos again? 

The Bangor Daily News ran this picture above the fold on the front page today.

The caption says, "One of al-Sadr's men fights with U.S. troops in the Baghdad neighbourhood of Sadr City, Iraq (news - web sites) Thursday Aug. 5, 2004. Insurgents loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr fought fierce clashes Thursday with U.S. and Iraqi forces in the holy city of Najaf that quickly spread to other Shiite areas."

The image is of a man kneeling with an RPG launcher. Behind him is a man standing next to a car, and behind that man, a small crowd of unidentifiable people mills about.

Behind a man who is fighting U.S. troops. Which means, if he really is fighting U.S. troops, that he's drawing fire from them.

I'll not dwell on the concept of not making yourself a sitting duck by kneeling way out in the open, away from any cover. If this guy IS fighting anybody, he's got about five seconds left to live, max, in this picture.

My main point is that if this guy is fighting U.S. troops, then they are fighting back. And if they are fighting back, then that small crowd of people is doing anything other than standing around behind him.

Is the AP staging pictures? I'll let you decide that for yourself. But I have my suspicions.

It wouldn't be the first time that photos have been staged or manipulated. Or faked, for that matter.
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