US says:

US Says it Shot Down Iranian Drone Last Month

By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer (with some help from me)

“BAGHDAD – U.S. jets shot down an Iranian unmanned surveillance aircraft last month over Iraqi territory about 60 miles northeast of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Monday. A U.S. statement said the Ababil 3 was tracked for about 70 minutes before U.S. jets shot it down “well-inside Iraqi airspace”and that the aircraft’s presence over Iraq “was not an accident.  An Iraqi official said the Iranian aircraft went down near the Iraqi border town of Mandali. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.”

Colin Powell anybody? (Colin who? did what?)

“The Iranians consider the presence of about 140,000 U.S. troops in a neighboring country as a threat to their national security.”

oh, and one of my favourites:
“Also Monday, a 12-year-old girl was killed when American soldiers fired at a vehicle…”


now there’s a good example of your passive voice use:

Active Voice would make that read:

‘Also, Monday, American soldiers killed a 12-year-old girl when they fired at a vehicle…’

the article continues:

“…speeding toward them and Iraqi police near Mosul, said the U.S. military.  The military said the girl was standing about 100 yards (meters) behind the vehicle and was struck by a round.

But Iraqi police said the girl was shot while in a car with her father. The discrepancy could not be immediately explained.”

The People’s Mujahedeen said Iraqi troops have prevented food and fuel from reaching Camp Ashraf…”

“But Iraqi national security adviser Mouwaffak al-Rubaie branded the allegations “totally baseless.”

Iran and the United States consider the People’s Mujahedeen a terrorist group…”

“…21st anniversary of...poison gas attack by Saddam’s forces against Kurdish separatists….1988…killed thousands…
biggest use of chemical weapons against a civilian populated area in history.

(gee, how original!)

Every year, we wait for the anniversary and condemn that deplorable attack committed by a dictatorial regime against its own people.”

insert regimes/peoples here ~

are we past 365 yet?

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