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Old 08-30-2003, 03:16 PM   #1
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People busted for mosque bombing

Najaf bomb detainees -- two Arab nationals, two Iraqis


Governor says detainees Wahhabis, confessed to bombing.


NAJAF, Iraq - The suspects detained by police in connection with the Najaf bombing are two Iraqis from Saddam Hussein's fallen regime and two Arab nationals, described as Sunni Muslim radicals, Najaf Governor Haidar Mehdi Matar said on Saturday.


"Two were Iraqis from Basra, who belonged to the former regime, while the other two were Arab Wahhabis," Matar said. "They confessed to the bombing."


Wahhabi is a byword for those subscribing to the puritanical vision of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terror group.


Matar said the four were apprehended by a crowd minutes after Friday's blast outside the Tomb of Imam Ali, one of the holiest shrines in Shiite Islam, in which prominent cleric and politician Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer al-Hakim and 82 others were killed.


Another 125 were wounded in the attack.


"People in the street thought they looked bizarre, captured them and handed them to police," Matar said.


The attackers communicated by mobile phone in the minutes before they detonated two cars packed with explosives.


"The explosion occurred at 2:10 pm (1010 GMT) when a mini bus and another car were detonated by remote control. The vehicles were packed with a total of 700 kilograms (1550 pounds) of dynamite, mortars and hand grenades," Matar said.


The blast ripped through the area at the very moment Hakim, considered a stabilising influence on Iraq, left the mosque compound after delivering his weekly sermon to a sea of faithful.


Earlier, a police source had said all four detainees were foreign Arab fighters and that three others had escaped.


The London representative of Hakim's political party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), said the arrests lent credibility to suspicions of an alliance between al-Qaeda and veterans of Saddam's regime.


"I suspect there was a collaboration here between al-Qaeda and Saddam's people, as well as in the blasts at the UN headquarters and Jordan embassy (in Baghdad)," said Hamed al-Bayati.


Discussing the three devastating attacks in a short span of three weeks, Bayati said: "They are using new tactics -- car bombings, suicide bombings that have the fingerprints of al-Qaeda.


"But al-Qaeda cannot act alone in Iraq. They must have help from inside. That would be Saddam's loyalists."


The attack came close on the heels of the truck bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad on August 19 and the bombing of the Jordanian embassy in the first week of August.
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I'm not surprised. Sunni Wahhabists. Ugh.
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There have now been a total of 19 busts in the mosque bombing. They're blaming Sunni Wahhabists for the attack. The Wahhabists don't like the Shia. Wahhabists don't like the way they build their mosques (too ornate), don't like their politics, just plain don't like them. It's a historically rooted conflict. The Wahhabists are a pain in the .
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Then why is mainstream American media saying Al-Queda was responsible?

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It's so confusing. Some Iraqi officials are saying it's Saddam's people with some help from the outside--Sunni Moslems from Saudi Arabia. That happens to be Osama bin Laden's background. Saddam's line with the Wahhabists was "stick to Islam, stay out of politics". Now that he's gone they're taking it to the Shias. The problem is that the Shia are the majority in Iraq. There are power struggles going on within the Shia community. There's nothing anyone can do to stop this factional fighting. It's a mess.
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Verte76,

I've read and listened to the news around the world, again only the US is spouting Al-Queda vs. Iraqi's. This is a perfect example of hte need for diverse media ownership.
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I've read and listened to the news around the world, again only the US is spouting Al-Queda vs. Iraqi's. This is a perfect example of hte need for diverse media ownership.
Oh, I agree 100%. It's never a good idea for a small number of powerful individuals to own the press. Historically the Shia Moslems are "marginalized" Moslems, with the Sunnis running the show. There are also tensions between the Arabs and the Iranians who are largely of Persian heritage. The U.S. media and politicos aren't bothering to figure out who's who. There's nothing anyone in the West can do about this factional stuff. It's a regional issue.
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I've heared interviews of Iraqis where they say it's the fault of the US.
They said the iraqis should disarm and they would take care for their safety.
Now they didn't fullfill their promisses, so they are the ones to blame :/

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Klaus, I will agree that the crummy planning in Washington didn't help Iraq at all. They didn't plan for after the war, which was a mistake in a volatile place like Iraq. They thought we'd be welcomed as liberators. They didn't think about all of the ethnic and religious tensions that came out of the woodwork in the absence of a government that had the respect of Iraqis. This unilateral business wasn't smart IMO.
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