The headlines in The Hindu News is clear: they carried this AP report:
US military frees 42 captives kidnapped by al-Qaeda

BAGHDAD (AP): U.S. forces freed 42 Iraqis _ some of whom had been held and tortured for months _ in a raid Sunday on an al-Qaeda hide-out north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

Military officials said the operation, launched on tips from local residents, showed that Iraqis in the turbulent Diyala province were turning against Sunni insurgents and beginning to develop trust in U.S. troops there.

“The people in Diyala are speaking up against al-Qaeda,” said Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq.

Elsewhere in Diyala, a U.S. soldier was killed when an explosion hit his vehicle and a second soldier was killed in an explosion in Baghdad, the military said.

Now, let’s look at the headlines in the NYTIMES, which of course was the main headline on Google News:


AXcess News

Bombs Kill 2 GI’s in Iraq as Death Toll Near Year’s High
New York Times – 28 minutes ago
By DAMIEN CAVE. BAGHDAD, May 27 – Two more American soldiers have died from roadside bombs, the American military said Sunday, as American forces began running DNA tests on a body that could be one of the remaining two missing soldiers…

The released prisoners? Paragraph seven.

Here, in cntrast, is the headlines on the BBC:

Seven US soldiers killed in Iraq

At least the BBC has both stories in separate headlines, so you don’t miss either story. Of course, they put the “liberate” in quotations, and don’t mention the calligapher was shot by “insurgents” who target intellectuals. I suspect this is Shiite street gangs who have been targeting Sunni “intellectuals”, but of course don’t expect context that it might be payback against Sunnis who were associated with or flourished under Saddam while the Shiites were persecuted. Does this mean Sadr, who has returned from hiding in Iran, has read about the Democrat pressure to stop the surge and decided that it’s safe? One wouldn’t know from the story.

The  fact that US troops liberated prisoners suggests that locals tipped them off, meaning increaed help and cooperation from the Sunni tribes. Some stories mention increased cooperation, but don’t put it into context why.

Ironically, although the NYTimes seems to want to ignore the good news, most of the overseas and small town papers in the “google search” mirror the AP story: The Sydney Morning Herald, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Canada.com, Ireland Online, Frontline India, the International Herald Tribune, and even Gulf News (UAE).
Indeed, in the google list of the story there are only two headlines that echo the NYTimes spin: One on Monsters and Critics, who like the BBC have both headlines, and the other one?
 RadioFreeEurope/RadioLIberty. They give five paragraphs of various violence/murders, and only mention the freeing of the hostages in the sixth paragraph.
Yup, our tax dollars at work.
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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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