Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Up At Night

"My nightmare - the thing that keeps me up at night - is a failure of Iraqi security forces, disastrously mixed with a major Samarra mosque-type catastrophe," Maj Gen Joseph Fil said.

The bombing of the Shia Golden Mosque of Samarra in February last year is widely seen as the catalyst to Shia-Sunni bloodletting.

Daily Telegraph 6/11/07

Insurgents blew up the remaining two minarets of the Askariya Mosque, a holy Shiite Muslim shrine in Samarra that was badly damaged in a similar attack in early 2006, a Samarra Police official told CNN. There was no immediate word on casualties.

Within hours of the attacks, Iraqi state television announced that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had imposed a curfew for Baghdad until further notice.

The blast followed early Wednesday morning clashes between gunmen and Iraqi National Police, who were guarding the site. During the firefight, the insurgents entered the mosque, also known as the Golden Dome, planted explosives around the minarets and detonated them.

According to the police official, residents of Samarra are furious over the latest attack on the mosque.

In response, radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for three days of mourning to mark the destruction of the minarets, according to a statement. The anti-American cleric also said no rival Sunni Arab could have been responsible for the bombing, adding he was holding U.S.-led coalition forces responsible.

CNN 6/13/07


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Muqtada al-Sadr ...also said no rival Sunni Arab could have been responsible for the bombing ..."

He wishes to keep his forces intact for the Sunni slaughter he will command later so he will not permit a public confrontation with the US now even though his forces are probably involved in assassinating US troops, Sunni's, Kurds, and Shia from competing groups.

Lovely situation we've created over there; now that we have the streets of Bagdad we don't have to wonder what a kitchen would look like if the lid of a pressure cooker filled with stewing tomatoes was popped while under full steam.

6/13/2007 11:03 AM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

It was al Qeada, dammit!! Everything bad that happens there is al Qeada's fault. Stay tuned for the breath-taking evidence. NOW we have a reason to stay forevah!

6/13/2007 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some have difficulty accepting that different sorts of islamofascists bust up each others mosques...

6/15/2007 6:39 AM  
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