Two Bullets in the Hand, One Big Crock of Bull

As Ace said, “The monsters we call “our troops” are now throwing intact, unused ammunition at poor elderly Iraqi women to inflict the cruelest wound of all: mocking disdain.”

What’s next – Sarcasm? Yo Mamma jokes?

That’s a perfect opener for this phony baloney story from the AFP. I just couldn’t help posting about this latest media fable.

Here’s the original screen grab from the AFP (via: hotair):

AP Phony

In case you can’t read the caption:

An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house
following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

Here’s a blow-up of the Magic Bullet Woman in case you still don’t get it:

Magic Bullet Woman

Note that, “hit her house” could also be translated, “found,” or, “traded a goat for at the market.”

Several sites have also posted this image and caption by the same al-Okaili fellow published on July 10th.

bed-bullit

“An Iraqi elderly woman inspects a bullet which she says hit her bed during an alleged overnight raid by US and Iraqi troops in Baghdad’s impoverished district of Sadr City. Residents said two people were killed and four wounded during the raid.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)”

Same woman? There is more here. Still not convinced? How about Ballistics… Perhaps. Either way – Wissam seems to have a knack for the “old woman holding bullets” photo op.

But then again there is some hope to this story- after a little digging – I unearthed some of al-Okaili’s earlier images and captions that he submitted to the AFP that were rejected:

missels

An elderly Iraqi woman shows two ballistic missiles which she says hit her house
following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. (AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

ping pong

An elderly Iraqi woman holds forth a ping-pong paddle which she says flew in through the window and slapped her left buttock  following an early coalition forces tournament nearby in the Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. (AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

no-onions

An elderly Iraqi woman shows a burrito given to her by coalition forces with onions even after she expressly requested them to “hold the onions” The burrito also contained hot sauce which is strictly forbidden in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

maalox

An elderly Iraqi woman shows a bottle of Maalox she was forced to down after eating an extremely spicy, onion filled burrito delivered to her by coalition forces following an early raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

jarjar-toy

An elderly Iraqi woman shows a look of disgust as she holds a Jar-Jar Binks toy after she was forced to watch Star Wars Episodes 1-3 following a promise by coalition forces that the movies were as good as the originals. (AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

Bottom line: The AFP should be ashamed of publishing something that is so obviously propaganda.

Tim just sent me a link to another rejected photo caption cambo:

waterandbread

An elderly Iraqi woman shows how she was brutally attacked with bread and bottled water by coalition forces following an early raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

This media flubbing isn’t new either – Michelle Malkin has a good summary up. Absolutely unacceptable.

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19 Responses to “Two Bullets in the Hand, One Big Crock of Bull”

  1. Tushar D Says:

    LOL!

    Jar Jar Binks was the best!

  2. Big E Says:

    I would like to address this comment to the men and/or women of the coalition forces who told this poor Iraqi woman that Star Wars Episodes 1-3 are just as good as the originals:

    You sir and/or madam are worse than Hitler. Maybe if you didn’t spend all your time throwing bullets at elderly Iraqi women’s houses you would have some time to actually think about how evil you are.

  3. Tim Says:

    The next AP story:

    “Woman reports coalition forces attack her by leaving bottled water and bread…”

  4. leilani Says:

    You should clarify that the bogus photo was not released by the AP (Associated Press) as you stated but by the AFP (Agence France-Presse).

  5. Matt Turkington Says:

    It gets better:

    “Let’s go back for a moment to the lady holding the ammunition above, and focus on the catridges in her hands. What kind of ammunition is it?

    I don’t think that it is either 7.62×51 NATO or 7.62×39, or 7.62x54R. The bullets themselves are too small, and overall, appear to be the wrong size and shape.

    That would seem to narrow this down to the smaller class of assault rifle bullets, primarily the 5.56 NATO in common use by U.S. soldiers as the standard chambering for the M4, M16, and M249. Indeed, that is probably what they want you to infer from these photos.

    But here’s the thing: The standard 62-grain M855 5.56 ball ammo used by our military today has a green tip, the M856 tracer has an orange tip, the M995 AP a black tip, and the Mk262 is a hollowpoint with an open tip.

    The picture seems to show common commercial 55-grain civilian ball ammunition patterned after the Vietnam-era M193. With this in mind, I’d state that this ammunition wasn’t even dropped by American forces, as they don’t carry such ammunition.

    This isn’t just a a photo that just shows ignorance. It appears to show a willful deception using civilian ammunition.”

    (from http://confederateyankee.mu.nu/archives/237174.php)

  6. ex-army man '98 Says:

    you guys ever stop to think that maybe just maybe teh photo’s isn’t ment as a literal translation ever think that maybe the bullets in the photo are just there as to show
    roughly what kind of bullets hit here house? really you guys are stupid to take this as they litteraly mean “these are the bullets” or is it more likely that they just had a crappy intern intrupeter which we are severly lacking and that it was just poor grammer , some i think a photo of two little holes in the wall where the bullets hit wouldn’t be that interesting,
    yes we are in a war but we have also killed 3,000+ civies already so why should i not believe this story becuase of what appears to be a language barrier

  7. Tim Says:

    ex-army man ’98:
    If the case was that the picture was supposed to be symbolic rather than factual, the caption should reflect it. Otherwise, we are free to criticize the misrepresentation.

  8. Matt Turkington Says:

    Army Man: I think we should listen to you. Given your clear mastery of the English language and exemplary grammatical structure, capitalization, and punctuation, there’s a good chance you were the “crappy intern inturpeter (sic)” who provided us with the non-literal translation. Why else would you put forward such an absurd idea unless you were the one there who saw it firsthand? Either way, it’s irresponsible journalism.

    Point of perspective: There were around 40 million civilian deaths in WW2. 3,000 is pretty freaking good.

  9. whatthecrap? Says:

    Tim -
    Exactly. Here is the caption again:

    An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

    Given the fact that al-Okaili has taken similar photos in the past also raises some red flags.

    Here is what the caption doesn’t say:

    An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets similar to some which she claims hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. (AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

    You can clearly see now that the factually accurate story is pointless and not news. They might as well have just run the caption – “Old woman says two bullets hit her house and that they might have come from coalition forces,” at that rate.

    The point of objective photojournalism is to show what is happening – not to show suggestive propaganda.

  10. jeremy Says:

    Jar Jar Binks is cause for war!

  11. Stone Lion Says:

    Alot of people have been concentrating on the bullets and the woman. Has anyone paid attention to the hand that is holding the bullets? It looks like a mans hand to me.

  12. Jeremy Says:

    Lol!

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  15. Mike Says:

    Those “cartridges” must have been thrown at her house because they have never been fired out of a rifle.

  16. JP Says:

    I discussed this topic on SportsShooter.com where liberal “photojournalists” claimed that this was indeed “newsworthy” based on the fact that she claims that those were bullets that hit her house.

    I asked if it would be newsworthy if I held a pair of uncracked eggs, and claimed that they thrown at my house by punks, if any of them would even bother taking my photo, because my claim, along with my photo showing me holding two uncracked eggs, would have been so funny that the clip would have wound up on Jay Leno!

    Yet, this photo made it to our homes via the AFP..?

    It really goes to show you who is covering the “news”, and what they,..(staff photographers of news papers, and wire services) chooses what they claim to be “newsworthy”.

    I was under the impression that this image wouldn’t have made it past any photo editor with a brain, unless the photo editor is so stupid that they really believe that bullets are fired along with their cartridges. Maybe the AFP ought to hire a competent photo editor? (Along with a whole new staff that doesn’t apologize for really dumb “mistakes” as big as this one!!)

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  18. Rigby5 Says:

    No, standard ammunition is not green tipped, only steel core is green tipped.
    She is holding US military fmj .223.
    But it is likely she picked it up outside the home as misfires that were ejected manually, or as mistakes when switching clips.
    There is probably nothing at all faked about this picture.

  19. whatthecrap? Says:

    It’s not the image that’s fake – it’s the story:

    “shows two bullets which she says hit her house”

    The fact that the ‘five star’ journalist didn’t know the difference is ridiculous.


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