It definitely is the worst of times in Iraq, the New York Times and the Washington Post seem to agree, but today, the nation's most prestigious dailies differed on the details. One fact is indisputable: Sunni insurgents clashed in Baghdad's Amiriya district this week, but the papers disagree on the cause of the fighting and whether US forces were involved.
Times reporter Damien Cave says the tension between arose over a failed attempt at an anti-American alliance rival Sunni insurgents. The Post's John Ward Anderson insists that local Sunnis were trying drive Al-Qaeda in Iraq forces out of their neighborhood. And while Cave reports that American troops intervened in the latest round of fighting, Anderson quotes the district's mayor as saying that any American interference would "blow up."