After six weeks of seclusion, (and not being used as a single source for news reported out of Iraq), Jamil Gholaiem Hussein has surfaced and is, (according to AP) indeed a Police Captain assigned to the Khadra police station:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The Interior Ministry acknowledged Thursday that an Iraqi police officer whose existence had been denied by the Iraqis and the U.S. military is in fact an active member of the force, and said he now faces arrest for speaking to the media. Ministry spokesman Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, who had previously denied there was any such police employee as Capt. Jamil Hussein, said in an interview that Hussein is an officer assigned to the Khadra police station, as had been reported by The Associated Press.
The captain, whose full name is Jamil Gholaiem Hussein, was one of the sources for an AP story in late November about the burning and shooting of six people during a sectarian attack at a Sunni mosque.
While this is good news (for AP) that the now infamous Capt. Hussein has surfaced, there still remains several questions that need to be addressed. Whether there were four mosques (now only one which this blogger has yet to see a retraction), and six Sunnis burned alive from this original story, remains to be substantiated:
Hussein was not the original source of the disputed report of the attack; the account was first told on Al-Arabiya satellite television by a Sunni elder, Imad al-Hashimi, who retracted it after members of the Defense Ministry paid him a visit. Several neighborhood residents subsequently gave the AP independent accounts of the Shiite militia attack on a mosque in which six people were set on fire and killed.
The original story released by AP and picked up by news outlets around the world, was that four mosque were burned. It was also reported via a rebuttal from Kathleen Carroll that the victims were reported to have been witnessed at a hospital and a morgue. (Yet no one has heard from one credible witness that any burned body's showed up at either location.) AP and Associated Press writer Steven R. Hurst are now also reporting that the good Capt. Hussein may be arrested at any time:
Khalaf told the AP that an arrest warrant had been issued for the captain for having contacts with the media in violation of the ministry's regulations. Hussein told the AP on Wednesday that he learned the arrest warrant would be issued when he returned to work on Thursday after the Eid al-Adha holiday. His phone was turned off Thursday and he could not be reached for further comment.
So, to recap ------- A single source for more that 60 stories that have been released by AP to the worlds news agencies, has been located and is soon to be arrested for releasing "information" to the media that he was not authorized to do. And his phone has been turned off. Who turned his phone off? The ministry or Jamil himself? Did AP have his home phone? If not, why not. Certainly it would be convenient to have the home phone of a source that supplied AP with over sixty stories (dating back to last April) that displayed the carnage in and around Baghdad.
If AP wants to continue to play these games of ------ "OK, we produced (found) Jamil, so everything we have written is totally factual" -------- I'm afraid this is not going to cut the mustard. Why has not one family member of one of the poor souls that were "burned alive" ever come forward to substantiate this "tragic event"? Where is one witness from the hospital or the morgue? Why did not any other news agency on the ground in Iraq report or follow up on what would have been a most tragic event? And, if six Sunnis were dragged out of "one of the burning mosque", doused in kerosene, and set afire to be be BURNED ALIVE, where is one Sunni witness, and where was the certain retaliation to this tragedy? These are still the question's that need to be answered by Kathleen Carroll and the Associated Press to maintain any validity.
(six weeks to produce Jamil. How long will it take to get the ball back into this side of the court on the next response. While the mainstream press hasn't a corner to hide in either if they want to maintain their credibilty, or what they have left of it.)
Michelle Malkin has a "full court" update here.
Curt at Flopping Aces has other details and questions here.
Updates: Karl at Protien Wisdom has an excellent summary with links: and Confederate Yankee is gettin' it from the moonbats in comments: