From Aljazeera: Iraq leader: Hostages' bodies found
The bodies of 50 people, thought to be hostages held in a town near Baghdad recently, have reportedly been found in the Tigris river, while another 19 bodies have turned up in a football stadium in Haditha.From the BBC: Iraq 'hostages dumped in river'
Aljazeera reports quoting Iraq President Jalal Talabani as saying on Wednesday that the 50 bodies found near al-Suwaira were those of people recently abducted from al-Madain town, south of Baghdad.
Agencies quoted him as telling reporters: "More than 50 bodies have been brought out from the Tigris and we have the full names of those who were killed and those criminals who committed these crimes.
"We will give you details in the coming days … terrorists committed crimes there. It is not true that there were no hostages. There were, but they were killed and they threw the bodies into the Tigris."
The bodies of more than 50 men, women and children have been recovered from the River Tigris in the town of Suwayra, south of Baghdad.But the details of the grisly find still raise disturbing questions. For instance, there's this passage from BBC's article:
Many had been badly mutilated, Iraqi authorities said.
President Jalal Talabani said the bodies were those of people who had been taken hostage and then killed in the nearby town of Madain.
It is not clear when the killings took place, though police in the area told the BBC the bodies had been pulled from the river over a period since the end of February.It remains to be explained how the bodies of hostages captured late last week could already be "badly decomposed". It's difficult to imagine how such bodies could have been quickly and positively identified. And yet the Iraqi president assures us
Some victims were said to have had their heads cut off and others were badly decomposed.
[W]e have the full names of those who were killed ...Yeah, sure. Sure you do.
In the fog of war, nobody knows anything for certain. Is the Iraqi president an exception? Yeah, sure he is!
And that's not all. Iraq is now the only country on Earth which defies the laws of time. In Iraq, but only in Iraq, bodies can be pulled out of the river in February but not killed until April. Do you believe that? Yeah, sure. Sure you do.