No. And here is why. There are so many problems with this story, I can see why it disappeared before making it into the MSM. This should be shouted from the rooftops. This story also states that 25 of our boys died this day, making it a particularly bloody one. Why are our boys dying for these ungrateful savages? Why is this story being ignored?
"KARBALA, Iraq (CNN) -- Attackers who killed five U.S. troops at a government building in Karbala posed as U.S. military officials to get past Iraqi guards, a Karbala police spokesman said."
"The attack happened Saturday as the U.S. military convened a meeting to discuss security for Ashura, the upcoming Shiite pilgrimage to Karbala."
"According to police spokesman Abdul Rahman al-Mishawi, about 30 gunmen traveling in a convoy of at least seven SUVs with tinted windows -- similar to the vehicles used by top U.S. military officials -- drove up to the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center wearing uniforms similar to those worn by the U.S. military."
"About a dozen U.S. troops were inside the compound at the time, al-Mishawi said."
"Around 5:45 p.m., the gunmen cleared an Iraqi police checkpoint outside the center by flashing fake identification badges and speaking some English, al-Mishawi said."
"Al-Mishawi said it is standard procedure for U.S. troops not to jointly man the checkpoint. He said U.S. personnel insist on passing without going through a security screening."
"The attackers went through three checkpoints to enter the center, he said."
"The first U.S. casualty in the attack was a soldier sitting in a Humvee outside a meeting of U.S. and Iraqi security officials."
"The assailants targeted only U.S. soldiers, al-Mishawi said, adding that not a single Iraqi soldier or police officer was killed."
"Several of the SUVs used in the attack were found late Saturday in neighboring Babil province, along with two of the suspected gunmen, an official in Baghdad said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the gunmen were wounded and detained by the Americans, but the U.S. military said the two were found dead."
"When asked why Iraqi police did not intervene to stop the gunmen from fleeing, al-Mishawi said "they assumed it was American-on-American violence and wanted to stay out of it.
Update 012907: This story began getting some airplay. Details have changed. Our boys were kidnapped, handcuffed, and executed; their bodies found 25 miles east of Karbala, or, on the road to Iran. We will probably not get the real version of events, even after the war with Iran begins in earnest. Bill Roggio has more on the Iranian connection.