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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Koranic verses rescued from bullet pockmarked wall - photo by Bilal Hussein?

Below is a photo supposedly showing framed verses of the Koran being removed from a bullet pockmarked wall of a house in Ramadi, Iraq. Reuters has credited this photo to an anonymous 'stringer'. I assume they really mean 'Bilal Hussein', who created pro-'insurgent' propaganda distributed by Associated Press, Reuters and the BBC - as documented here and here.

Source. Original caption: An Iraqi man takes a framed copy of Koranic verses down from his bullet-pocked wall after his house was damaged by clashes between insurgents and coalition forces in the Iraqi town of Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad October 7, 2005. U.S. troops have killed at least 29 insurgents in western Iraq in their drive to root out militant Islamist fighters waging a bloody struggle to topple the U.S.-backed Baghdad government, the military said on Friday. REUTERS/Stringer

I flicked through 267 photos on the relevant Yahoo Photos thread. Only three of them were credited to an anonymous 'stringer', all three of them were from Reuters, and all three them were taken in Ramadi, Iraq.

Stringer/Bilal Hussein's other two recent Ramadi photos are here:
Photo 2
Photo 3

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 10/12/2005 04:34:00 PM

7 Comments:

Blogger Chefen said...

Hmmm, big holes in the wall. No apparent damage to the sofa and it's hard to make out any hits on the verses. And weren't those bullets fired from the inside? It looks like someone stood close to the wall and shot a couple of big holes through it.

10/12/2005 06:43:00 PM  
Blogger Whaleoil said...

It actually look more like spatter particularly around the bigger holes. Only one looks like a bullet hole, but again it is too shallow (big round one above wooden bit and to the left of the peak.

If it was inside and shot at who ever did it can't shoot for shit as the verses arn't even touched.

Of course, it wouldn't be faked would it. Couldn't be they wouldn't do that surely.

Just waiting for Christiaan and Ackers1 now.

10/12/2005 07:11:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

You guys. You're so cynical.

10/12/2005 07:22:00 PM  
Blogger Whaleoil said...

Mmm closer look looks like to the left some one went full auto between the two big circles climbing up and to the left which is consistant with an AK. Also bullet damage is negligable.

Check http://forums.livingwithstyle.com/archive/index.php/t-84063-ak47-v-m16-m4-p-1.html for why i think it is an AK.

"fires a bigger diameter bullet, but a slower one, this results in lots of impact if it hits, but not a lot of penetrating power. slower means less powder is used, less expansion of gases and less pain when fired on full auto from the confines of a narrow area such as a room or a car(city fighting), your ears will still ring but a 5.56 will make you want to cry. it does not however penetrate 3/8" of steel at 25 yards, where a 5.56 will leave a hole about 1/2" at 50. yes this has been tested, by me, guess why."

10/12/2005 07:30:00 PM  
Blogger Chefen said...

Look at the bottom right where the sofa (or whatever it is) has a raised piece. It is half covering a medium sized bulleat crater on the wall. Go on, tell me that thing was there when the "fighting" occured, just like the magically undamaged Koran put in a damaged frame. Pah. Looks like an unused office to me, even the fluorescent bulb is missing from the fixture, which is also undamaged.

10/12/2005 07:40:00 PM  
Blogger Chefen said...

When I say right, I of course mean left.

10/12/2005 07:48:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

We would be less than adequate if we hadn't spotted that Chefen. We can read between the hands.

10/12/2005 07:55:00 PM  

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