Rumsfeld on jihadists in Al-Jazeera. From AFP, :
Referring to suicide attacks and roadside bombings, Mr Rumsfeld said “it is striking that from time to time at least there is a journalist, quote-unquote, standing around taking pictures of it.”
“It isn’t every time and it isn’t most times,” he said.
“But it is sometimes, sometimes I suspect it happens because it is serendipidity, they just happen to be there.
“But we know for a fact that other times the terrorists have told journalists and I use the word inadvisedly, quote-unquote journalists, they’ve told journalists where they are going to be and what they are going to do.
“And the journalists have been there. And over and over and over again we’ve see that Middle Eastern television station Al-Jazeera that seems to have a wonderful way of being Johnny-on-the-spot a little too often for my taste,” he said.
The Iraqi government banned Al-Jazeera from operating in Iraq on August 5, charging that its coverage was inciting violence.
Earlier this month, the government extended the ban and sealed the Qatar-based television station’s Baghdad office.