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No lie: 'Baghdad Bob' gets own paper
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Posted on 07/29/2003 12:36:53 AM PDT by JohnHuang2

A new weekly newspaper in Iraq has been named Al-Sahhaf, after the former Iraqi information minister who became known worldwide as "Baghdad Bob" and "Comical Ali."

Muhammed al-Sahhaf the man gained infamy for his outrageous statements to the media during the war to topple Saddam Hussein.


'Baghdad Bob'

According to a report by Agence France-Presse, the editor of Al-Sahhaf – one of 161 new titles to appear in Iraq since the fall of Saddam – says he wanted to choose a name that would be recognizable.

"I wanted a name that would attract readers. The name Al-Sahhaf has had an impact in the press," AFP quotes Moayed Neemat Abdel Razzak as saying.

Al-Sahhaf became an international star in the final days of fighting, making hard-to-believe claims about Iraqi successes and U.S. failures, including:

According to the AFP report, the former minister now lives in the United Arab Emirates with his family.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alsahhaf; arabmedia; baghdadbob; newspapers; rebuildingiraq
Tuesday, July 29, 2003

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1 posted on 07/29/2003 12:36:54 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Well, if it's the Iraqi version of The Onion it's a good name! :-)

According to a report by Agence France-Presse, the editor of Al-Sahhaf – one of 161 new titles to appear in Iraq since the fall of Saddam – says he wanted to choose a name that would be recognizable.

161 new newspapers??? Wow, that's impressive! It's a good sign.

2 posted on 07/29/2003 12:53:57 AM PDT by jennyp (http://crevo.bestmessageboard.com)
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To: JohnHuang2
It would be interesting if we could "convert" this man to an allied asset. I would think he could "reveal" volumes of what really went on in the old regime and how much better things will be when the transition is complete.

Just a crazy thought I guess.
3 posted on 07/29/2003 6:03:39 AM PDT by AMNZ
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To: JohnHuang2
I got to think naming a paper like this is like the Isuzu man advertising campaign.

Instant recognition, but no credibility. Unless you are going for satire, this is a bad move.

It's like trying to market


4 posted on 07/29/2003 1:51:54 PM PDT by DannyTN (Note left on my door by a pack of neighborhood dogs.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Now just a durn minute here - you can't use a feller's name, especially not that of such a luminary as Baghdad Bob, without some sort of compensation. He worked hard to be where he is, you know.
5 posted on 07/29/2003 1:57:04 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: JohnHuang2
"God will roast their stomachs in hell"

I have this on a barbeque apron. I love it so much.

6 posted on 07/29/2003 2:07:51 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
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