The "suspicious" AP story:
July 10, 2006
HEADLINE: Car bombs strike Shiite area of Baghdad, killing 8 and wounding 41
BYLINE: By QAIS AL-BASHIR, Associated Press Writer
Gunmen also ambushed a bus in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Amariyah in western Baghdad, killing six passengers, including a woman, and the driver, police Capt. Jamil Hussein said.
And now, the confirmation, from a Washington Post story titled "Violence Flares in Divided Baghdad":
Then masked gunmen wearing civilian clothes set up a checkpoint in the violence-plagued Sunni neighborhood of Amiriyah, pulled seven passengers from a Kia minibus and shot them dead in the street, Interior Ministry Brig. Gen Mahmoud Nima said.
Another Washington Post story, a month later:
Ayad recalled an attack last month when gunmen ambushed a bus in Amiriyah and killed six passengers and the driver, then set the vehicle ablaze. Like many in his neighborhood, he believed that the Mahdi Army orchestrated the attack -- and that the Iraqi soldiers there to protect the neighborhood looked the other way.
"The burned bus is still there," said Ayad. "The Iraqi army had two checkpoints, but they didn't stop" the gunmen. "On the contrary, they were cooperating with the Mahdi Army and allowed them to enter our neighborhood. I didn't trust the Iraqi army then."
Google is a wonderful thing. This has been the second in a (hopefully not) 61 part series.