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WAR: Atleast 36 Dead In Baghdad Mosque Blast.

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posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 08:45 AM
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Numbers are changing but it appears that atleast 36 people have been killed by a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt. Today, Friday, is of course the Islamic day of prayer and the mosque would have been very busy.
 



english.aljazeera.net
At least 36 people have been killed and dozens wounded in twin attacks near Shia mosques in southern and western Baghdad, hospital and police sources have said.

Survivors said a man wearing a "suicide belt" blew himself up on Friday in al-Kathimain mosque in Abu Dushair district south of Baghdad. At least 31 people were killed and 22 injured in the blast.

However, police sources said they thought rocket-propelled grenades had been fired at Shia who were marking Ashura, an important day in the Muslim calendar.

The US military was not immediately available for comment.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


Many observers hoped that the completion of the elections would see an end to the violence across the country. Alas this is not so. Elsewhere 3 U.S soldiers were killed in Mosul.

The violence shows no sign of slowing. Perhaps the lack of Sunni representation has just entrenched the views of that minority and only served to set them on a firmer course toward civil war.

Related News Links:
www.guardian.co.uk
www.reuters.com
news.bbc.co.uk
edition.cnn.com

[edit on 18-2-2005 by John bull 1]

[edit on 19-2-2005 by John bull 1]




posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 09:50 AM
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i would just like to add this:



Ashura marks the death 1,300 years ago of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson, which widened the split between Sunni and Shia Islam.

The murder 19 years earlier of Ali, Hussein's father, gave rise to the central schism in Islam between Sunni and Shia.

Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, killed at Karbala by army of Caliph Yazid in 680.

source:
news.bbc

probably the evidence that behind this attack on shia mosques stand sunni minority.
more on ashura on
bbc.co.uk



posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 11:00 AM
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Originally posted by John bull 1
Perhaps the lack of Sunni representation has just entrenched the views of that minority and only served to set them on a firmer course toward civil war.


I dissagree. It was widely reported that sunnis also were willing participants in the election. The fallacy being promoted is that these are acts by Iraqis that disagree with democracy. That is false. These are acts by insurgent Saudis, Syrians and Pakistanis who have a great fear of a world with a free Iraq. These people are far more hostile invaders in Iraq than the US. They aren't fighting on behalf of the Iraqi people, they are fighting to keep the Iraqi people enslaved.



posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 01:58 PM
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I don't know about that Astro.

Not all but some within the Sunni comminity are tacitly if not activly helping the insurgency. Nothing like loss of power to raise hackles. They have had absolute sway over iraq for decades and now its gone. I do agree that the foreign figters and the Sunni insurgency are different beasts and even they seem to be drawing some lines against Al-Quada. However, the coalition went to great lengths to try to protect polling places in the Sunni triangle, and Shiites did vote in those areas.

They seem willing now, but hindsight is always 20/20



posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 02:29 PM
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There has been another bomb-explosion. In the town Iskandariya, south of Baghdad. Killed at least seven and many injured...



posted on Feb, 18 2005 @ 02:44 PM
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Holy #! (literally it seems...) Maybe the CIA really does have it's game back!

I don't care what your cause is...other arabs are NOT going to take kindly to anyone blowing up a mosque....especially on Friday (their Sunday equivalent as far as holy days)....



posted on Feb, 19 2005 @ 11:16 AM
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Yet another blast today. A suicide-bomber blew up a bus in Baghdad. Killed at least 17 and more than 40 hurt.

17 killed, over 40 hurt in explosion on bus in Baghdad



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