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Iraq Foils 9/11-Style Attack On Mosques

From a strangely sanguine Associated Press:

Officials say Iraqi forces foil 9/11-style plot

By Qassim Abdul-zahra And Lara Jakes, Associated Press Writers

April 14, 2010

BAGHDAD – Iraqi security forces have disrupted a 9/11-style plot by al-Qaida’s local offshoot to fly hijacked planes into Shiite religious shrines, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Targeting holy sites has long been a hallmark of the Sunni-dominated al-Qaida in Iraq to stoke sectarian violence.

Which is weird, considering how many times our watchdog media has told us that there is no such thing as Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Come to think of it, when was the last time we heard the media discussing the possibility of civil war in Iraq? As we recall, that used to be a very popular subject. But now not so much.

What has changed?

Two men have been arrested in connection with the plan, according to two senior Iraqi officials, and the airport near the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf has been closed since April 8 as the investigation continues. The domed shrine is one of the holiest Shiite sites in the world.

Two U.S. intelligence officials in Washington confirmed the plot but said it did not appear to be fully planned out, nor was it clear that militants would be able to carry out any attacks.

It seems to us that we’ve heard that song before.

Still, they said the threats were being taken seriously as "the intent seems real," according to one of the U.S. officials…

The Iraqi security officials said al-Qaida planned to hijack flights as they were leaving Iraqi airports. Authorities shut down airports in Najaf and Baghdad last week in response to the threat, the officials said. The Najaf airport has been closed since April 8 and Baghdad’s International Airport shut down for a few hours on April 7 in what officials then blamed on radar problems.

One of the Iraqi security officials denied that Wednesday, saying it was closed because of the threatened plot.

The Iraqi officials said Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is aware of the plot and has ordered stepped-up screening measures at all airports.

They include random body searches of all passengers, airport workers and even security officials — everyone but Iraqi President Jalal Talabani because of his age and health.

Al-Maliki also has ordered strict background checks for pilots and flight crew flying in and out of Iraqi airports.

Good thinking.

That Mr. Maliki is really on the ball.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Iraq Foils 9/11-Style Attack On Mosques”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Muslims killing Muslims.

    Boy, the Religion of Peace sure has a (erector-set)-on for killing their own kind. I’m beginning to think they’re confused about the meaning of the word peace.

    • Right of the People says:


      That’s because they’ve officially changed it to “The Religion of Pieces”.

      I wonder how they got their information on this, with “enhanced interrogation” techniques maybe?

    • beautyofreason says:

      Actually the whole “religion of peace” term is just an advertisement. Ask a Muslim and they will say that the word “peace” doesn’t mean peace at all, but submission to Allah – social, political, etc – so it means complete adherence to Shariah law and all of the tyranny it hoists upon the non-Muslim.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Did anyone happen to hear Tom Friedman on Imus this morning talking about Obama in Afghanistan & Israel needing to buckle down.

    On Afghanistan:

    RB Comment – Tom you ignorant slut. If Obama’s nation building as you call it is so great in Afghanistan, what made you blow your gasket over Bush’s plans in Iraq?

    On Israel:

    RB Comment – Tom you self loathing Jew. So, it’s OK for Hamas funded terrorist attacks but not OK for Israelis to renovate dilapidated neighborhoods inside their own country & west Jerusalem. Sorry, it’s OK so long as it’s not Jews moving into them.

    I think the bigger question is HAS AMERICA’S ELITE GONE COMPLETELY MAD?!!

  3. proreason says:

    Isolated incident. Probably won’t happen again.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      So Pro – you’re pretty savvy guy. Obama & Pelosi are running as if they have the midterms in the bag. Now what would they have to do to make sure they do?

      What’s the over/under on Obama approving air strikes on Iran? Say I got it, how about Labor Day. It worked for Hussein & they’re practically cousins!!!

    • proreason says:


      you can bet they have a list of 100 walnut shells that they’re debating with Soros, Ayers, and the guys we have never heard of.

      There is still plenty of time for the witch to ram through voting rights for illegals, just to name one.

      My money, though, is on an assasination attempt. Fortunately, the Moron will escape. He might even personally subdue the attacker.

      And for those of you who think RB and I are being nutty, you probably also think that the market crashes and the brink of econonomic armageddon in Sept 2008 were random events.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Hell no you’re not KooKoo for Cocoa Puffs.

      Beyond that deponent sayeth not. Except to point out Obama’s in office because of the strategy termed Give The Ball To Leroy.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      “you can bet they have a list of 100 walnut shells that they’re debating with Soros, Ayers, and the guys we have never heard of.”

      Let’s also add the unspent half of the stimulus money. I more
      than suspect it is the HGDE – “Help Get Democrats Elected fund.

    • proreason says:

      “Help Get Democrats Elected fund.”

      Absolutely. Just pumping half a trillion through slot machines would boost GDP by 4% for the year, 16% for a quarter…..as they well know. The MSM will trickle down their legs when the money appears in campaign coffers. The spendalific news should be announced in mid-September. MSNB could melt from ecstacy.

      Not to speak of the thousands of Acorn thugs who recently morphed into something different somewhere we don’t know where.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    They are WRONG to fly planes into holy shrines! Don’t they know that they should wait for the Hajj, and all the people are IN the shrines first?

    And, we want to stop this attack because………why?

    Anyway, it’s none of our business. It is a regional and Arab problem. It shouldn’t even make our news rolls.

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