BUSTED!… Bogus Baghdad Bed and Bullet!!
Brian at Snapped Shot was asking about a dubious story carried by the mainstream media today.
The AFP and Yahoo News have a photo of an elderly Iraqi woman who claimed her bed was a casualty of war.
Brian wanted to know if this was just another bogus story from Iraq?
Caption- Overnight raid : An Iraqi elderly woman inspects a bullet which she says hit her bed during an alleged overnight raid by US and Iraqi troops in Baghdad’s impoverished district of Sadr City.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)
But, did the round really hit her bed???
I asked a recent graduate (2007) of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center “Firearm Instructor Training Program” and he ruled that this round had definitely not been fired due to lack of rifling marks.
Now, notice the diagonal line on this photo of a fired round:
This diagonal line is created when a round travels down the barrel of a gun and comes in contact with the gun’s rifling. This gives the round stability and creates accuracy. You will always find rifling marks on a fired round. Always.
The round that the woman is holding and says “hit her bed” could not have been fired from a gun. It does not have any rifling marks.
Confederate Yankee has more in-depth analysis.
UPDATE: More bogosity by AFP photographer Wissam al-Okaili HERE.