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Tuesday, September 27, 2005 

Iraq Al-Qaeda No. 2 Man Killed, But You Have To Read All the Bad News First

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) In Washington, U.S. defense officials said that Abdullah Abu Azzam, a leading deputy to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida's leader in Iraq, was killed this weekend. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the information. [...] In north Iraq, a top aide to al-Zarqawi surrendered to police in the city of Mosul, Iraqi army Brig. Gen. Ali Attalah said Monday. The aide, Abdul Rahman Hasan Shahin, was one of the most wanted figures in Mosul, Attalah said.

I had to severely paraphrase this article. The writer, used the headline “Top Al-Qaida Member in Iraq Killed”, but then went for 11 paragraphs that talked about suicide bombings and other violence disrupting Iraq before mentioning anything about the topic of the headline.

This is an example of someone trying to slant a story to jade the reader’s view. I don’t appreciate it, but that is just my opinion.