Reports differ of attack on an Iraqi minister

As reports of violence in Iraq go, this one seemed straightforward, almost routine: A convoy carrying a leading Sunni politician was said to be hit by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad on Sunday night, wounding two bodyguards but leaving the official unscathed. But on Monday, no one seemed to be able to agree on […]

Jack Healy reports for The New York Times:

As reports of violence in Iraq go, this one seemed straightforward, almost routine: A convoy carrying a leading Sunni politician was said to be hit by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad on Sunday night, wounding two bodyguards but leaving the official unscathed.

But on Monday, no one seemed to be able to agree on any of the details of the attack against the official, Finance Minister Rafe al-Essawi, or even whether it had happened at all. Not for the first time, the facts seemed to be scrambled by Iraq’s growing political and sectarian discord.