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95 Iraqis and 8 U.S. soldiers killed in roadside bombs

Summary: the AP reports said eight American soldiers, 95 Iraqis including 12 policemen and a journalist were killed in Iraq on Sunday. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18515265/ The story written in an inverted pyramid form began with the most important events moved in a descending order to the less important. All the deaths were caused by roadside bombs AP quoted Iraqis police.

Sunday deaths raised American casualties to at least 3,373 since the war began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press.

There were few opportunities for improvement in this report as the reporter did an excellent job given the environment under which the story was written. I comment the reporter for attributing the facts and other pertinent information in the story to either Iraqis or U.S. military officials.

He must be commended for emphasizing the Iraqis casualty right in the lead and the second paragraph. This brought me to a pause because most stories from by American Journalists often focused heavily on the U.S. losses with few words devoted to hundreds of Iraqis killed every day.

The same story appeared in the Daily Times of Pakistan with a different slant. http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C05%5C07%5Cstory_7-5-2007_pg7_23 The marked different between the two stories was that Daily Times’ account carried quotes by bystanders and a deputy governor of the province hit by the attacks. Thus, daily Times brought in the ordinary humans’ side of the story compare to the often scripted official positions