If you believe the critique, I made up the part about the soccer balls.
Here’s a link to the full AP story about the Baqouba bombing.
This version of the story includes the following quote from a boy at the scene, a quote that was omitted from the version of the story cited in the UFPPC critique:
Rasoul Issam, 16, said he and his friends were playing soccer when the U.S. soldiers called to them from their vehicles to come get gifts.
“We ran toward them and I caught a ball when suddenly an explosion took place about 20 meters (yards) from us,” Issam said from his hospital bed in Baqouba.
The Multi-National Force-Iraq press release that said it was a suicide bombing is here.
As for why the critique’s author would appear to be so vexed by the notion of Fort Lewis soldiers passing out toys and treats to the local kids in Iraq, I can’t say.