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Shiites Blame US For Latest Terrorist Bombings

From the UK’s Times:

[Reuters caption:] Doves fly over Shi’ite worshippers attending Friday prayers in Baghdad’s Sadr City November 24, 2006.

Baghdad bomb dead taken south for burial

November 24, 2006
Devika Bhat

Coffins carrying the bodies of more than 200 Iraqis killed by car bomb and mortar attacks set off today on a grim 100-mile funeral procession from the Shia Muslim slums of Baghdad to a holy city in the south…

Amidst cries of "God is great. There is no God but Allah," members of the crowd repeatedly touched the sides of the cars and vans holding the dead, as if to say a final goodbye to the scores of relatives and friends killed.

With Baghdad remaining under a 24-hour curfew aimed at halting further sectarian violence, the mourners were the only ones allowed on the streets of the capital together with police officers brought in to guard the processions upon the orders of Nouri al-Maliki, the Prime Minister who is himself a Shia.

The assault, believed to have been carried out by insurgents most likely from al-Qaeda, saw militants exploding five car bombs in brief intervals just after 3pm yesterday, shattering the Jamila market, al-Hay market and al-Shahidein Square in Sadr City. At around the same town mortar rounds struck the neighbourhood.

As the death toll rose to 215 with a further 257 wounded, radical Shias slammed coalition forces, accusing US troops of failing to provide security.

"We say occupation forces are fully responsible for these acts, and we call for the withdrawal of occupation forces or setting a timetable for their withdrawal," said Qusai Abdul-Wahab, a follower of the Shia cleric Hojatoleslam Moqtada al-Sadr.

His comments came as it emerged that al-Sadr, a key player in the Iraqi Government, had threatened to withdraw his allies from the Cabinet and parliament if Mr al-Maliki went ahead with his scheduled meeting with President Bush in Jordan next week.

The cleric’s followers hold six Cabinet seats and have 30 members in the 275-member parliament.

"We asked Maliki to cancel his planned meeting with Bush because there is no reason to meet with the criminal who is behind terrorism in Iraq," Faleh Hasan Shanshal, a senior official in Sadr’s movement, told Reuters. "We will suspend our membership of the cabinet and parliament if he goes ahead."

Shia fighters quickly retaliated to yesterday’s onslaught, firing 10 mortar rounds in the Sunni neighbourhood of Adhamiyah, killing one person and wounding seven others.

Eight more rounds targeted the area near the offices of the Association of Muslim Scholars, the main Sunni organisation in Iraq, setting nearby houses on fire. This was followed later yesterday by two further mortar barrages on Sunni neighborhoods in west Baghdad, which killed nine and wounded 21.

The violence continued unabated today. Two bombs exploded in northern Iraq, killing at least 22 people and wounding 26.

The attack in Tal Afar, 260 miles (420 km) northwest of Baghdad, saw a pedestrian wearing a suicide belt blow himself up at the same time as explosives hidden in a parked car went off outside a car dealership…

One wonders how much Iran is paying these Shiites to say these things.

It smacks of Hitler’s preposterous claims about the mistreatment of Germans in Austria and Czechoslovakia and any other country he wanted to anschluss.

After all, the Shiites are more than 70% of the population and they have all of the reins of power. And yet we’re still told they can’t protect themselves.

But still they want the US to leave. Why is that?

So that Iran can come in and save the day — and annex the country.

We say occupation forces are fully responsible for these acts, and we call for the withdrawal of occupation forces or setting a timetable for their withdrawal…

Is that you, Nancy?

"We asked Maliki to cancel his planned meeting with Bush because there is no reason to meet with the criminal who is behind terrorism in Iraq," Faleh Hasan Shanshal, a senior official in Sadr’s movement, told Reuters. "We will suspend our membership of the cabinet and parliament if he goes ahead."

Why are Mr. Sadr and his merry band still alive?

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