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March 10, 2005

Suicide Bomber Kills 36 at Shiite Mosque

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

I can't help but wonder how much of the insurgent-conducted violence can be attributed the fact that six weeks out from the elections, the new parliament hasn't yet convened and negotiations are continuing. On March 4 BBCNews reported that  the formation of a government had become bogged down in what was called "protracted and complex negotiations between the political factions which emerged from the polls with seats in the new assembly." There should be little doubt that the continued delay has signaled to the insurgents not only a weakness of the government but also a loss of momentum which surely is already playing into the hands of the insurgents. Since the insurgents didn't just fall off the proverbial turnip truck, they are bound to take advantage where they are the strongest, and that is surely Mosul. That brings us to today:

A homice bomber blew himself up today at a Shiite Mosque in the insurgency stronghold of Mosul. The blast is reported by the AP to have killed at least 36 people and injured 25 others. Large parts of Mosul are effectively controlled by insurgents. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Mesopotamia (Iraq) is also said to have a stronghold there along with the Kurdish Salafist group Ansar al-Sunnah. Yesterday, Zarqawi claimed personal responsibility in the Sadeer hotel bombing because "there were a large number of Jews" in the buildiing.

Where is all that tolerance we keep hearing about from the Muslims?

- Associated Press

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shiite mosque during a funeral Thursday in the northern city of Mosul, killing at least 36 people and injuring 25, witnesses and hospital officials said.

U.S. troops cordoned off the area in the northeastern Tameem neighborhood near the mosque. Civilian vehicles helped ambulance crews in ferrying casualties to hospitals.

At least 36 people were killed, said Dr. Saher Maher, speaking from a hospital in the city.

The explosion took place during a funeral in the courtyard of a mosque that was still under construction.

''As we were inside the mosque, we saw a ball of fire and heard a huge explosion,'' said Tahir Abdullah Sultan. ''After that, blood and pieces of flesh were scattered around the place.''

Rows of overturned white plastic chairs were stained in blood. Body parts, believed to be of the bomber, were spread around the area, and the smell of gunpowder filled the yard. Windows of nearby cars were shattered.

The "peaceful" Sunni Muslim insurgents continue to fester germs called terrorists that have no regard for human life and decency. It's high time for an antibiotic in the form laid down in Fallujah, but with a lot more airpower. Mosul needs disinfecting, and lysol-level discussion isn't going to get the job done. Real fire is needed!

Hat tip - Jawa Report

Posted by Hyscience at March 10, 2005 2:21 PM

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