Arab media gave little credence Thursday to U.S. military claims that a devastating air strike near the border with Syria - in which more than 40 people were reported killed - targeted a safehouse for foreign fighters.
The newspapers instead cast the attack as another example of an American campaign against Arabs and universally backed Iraqi claims that a helicopter had attacked a wedding party.
Al-Arabiya, a popular Arabic satellite station, quoted witnesses as saying 40 Iraqis were killed ''in shelling that hit a wedding party.''
''At 3 a.m. yesterday, they dropped more than 100 bombs,'' an unnamed man identified as a witness told Al-Arabiya. He was shown standing with a crowd of other villagers.
''A whole house, the man and all his guests, 41 or more, children, most of them are children and women'' were killed, the man said.
Associated Press Television News footage from the area near the Syrian border showed a truck containing bloodied bodies, many wrapped in blankets, piled one atop the other. Several were children, one of whom was decapitated. The body of a girl who appeared to be less than 5 years of age lay in a white sheet, her legs riddled with wounds and her dress soaked in blood...