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Hussein Lives!

No not Saddam who, like GeneralĂ­simo Francisco Franco, is still dead. I'm talking about Jamil Hussein, the Iraqi police captain who the right wing blogs have been claiming doesn't exist and therefore could not have been a source for the Associated Press' story about six Sunni's being burned alive last November and which in turn refutes all the reporting about how bad things are in Iraq.

Turns out Mr. Hussein is very much alive. So alive in fact that they want him arrested.
The Interior Ministry acknowledged Thursday that an Iraqi police officer whose existence had been denied by the Iraqis and the U.S. military is in fact an active member of the force, and said he now faces arrest for speaking to the media.

Ministry spokesman Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, who had previously denied there was any such police employee as Capt. Jamil Hussein, said in an interview that Hussein is an officer assigned to the Khadra police station, as had been reported by The Associated Press.

The captain, whose full name is Jamil Gholaiem Hussein, was one of the sources for an AP story in late November about the burning and shooting of six people during a sectarian attack at a Sunni mosque.

The U.S. military and the Iraqi Interior Ministry raised the doubts about Hussein in questioning the veracity of the AP's initial reporting on the incident, and the Iraqi ministry suggested that many news organization were giving a distorted, exaggerated picture of the conflict in Iraq. Some Internet bloggers spread and amplified these doubts, accusing the AP of having made up Hussein's identity in order to disseminate false news about the war.

As always, see Meme (scroll down) for more.