'Hostage crisis' just a cove

"Rumors come to you through actual people -- the guy who brings you kerosene spreads rumors, that neighbor next door brings you rumors, the man you get your rations from spreads rumors. This came to us, very decidedly, from a news source," writes Riverbend of the false story of Shia hostages taken by Sunnis. She continues: "People in Baghdad didn't believe it. Most of them waved a hand dismissing the report and said, 'They just want to raid Medain.' It's a town that has been giving the Americans quite a bit of trouble this last year, a part of the Sunni Triangle." (Baghdad Burning)

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