You MUST read through this whole affair. In a nutshell, AP has apparently been taking bogus "news" from people presenting themselves as Iraqi police, when they are not Iraqi police. Many of the stories have been flat out false - the most recent being the burning of 6 sunnis. This story falsification has been going on since spring of this year.
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Keep in mind that Associated Press was proven previously to have been penetrated by at least one Saddam spy as documented in the archives of Saddam's intel service.