10 years ago
The Information Ministry of the Islamic State of Iraq periodically publishes updated propaganda. Their mother web site is blocked by some ISPs, but it is easy enough (if you cannot get to it) to find web sites who profer the propaganda without verification, such as Jihad Unspun. Al Qaeda claims to have had a stellar day on November 18. The claim is that in two separate incidents, five “crusaders” were killed in each incident for a total of ten killed by IEDs.
Let’s evaluate this claim. First of all, the Multi-National Force web site publishes press releases upon the death of any U.S. service member. A quick check of the home page for press releases shows that no such deaths occurred. On the other hand, Jihad Unspun uses phrases like “so-called Iraqis” and “collaborators” to describe the Iraqi troops, and it is possible that rather than U.S. forces, they are referring to Iraqi forces (although, frankly, it seems strange to refer to Iraqis as “crusaders” even if they are your enemy).
This too can be independently verified. The Iraq Coalition Casualty Count tracks all Iraqi deaths (both army and police). A quick check of this web site shows that no such deaths occurred on November 18.
The Jihadists have made outlandish claims to have killed ten troops in a single day by IEDs, while absolutely no independent reports of this exist anywhere. To the jihadist claims, I say, prove it!