Shifting Sands: Iraq Bombing Kills Hundreds
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UPDATE!!: CNN now reporting up to 500 dead in Yazidi neighborhood blasts. Associated Press- over 250 now confirmed dead. Developing.......
Just weeks ahead of General David Petraeus' scheduled report to congress, Kurdish neighborhoods in Baghdad were rocked Tuesday by a series of devastating car bombs. Four car bombs ripped through Yazidi, a small Kurdish sect often targeted by extremists as infidels, neighborhoods killing at least 200 people in one of the years worst attacks. Witnesses say that The Islamic State in Iraq, an Iraq Alqaeda front group recently distributed flyers in the area warning of attacks against the Yazidis, a so called anti islamic group that purports to worship an angel many Islamists believe is the devil. The attack has been branded by some as a revenge attack for the Yazidi stoning, earlier this year, of a teenage girl who converted to Islam. Video of the stoning surfaced on the internet.
Despite the attacks the U.S. military is touting successes in day two of a nationwide offensive againse Sunni terrorists in which spokesmen say has shown results with several roadside bombing plots being thwarted, booby trapped houses discovered and militants both Sunni and Shiite being apprehneded. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki remained defiant in a statement issued Wednesday saying "Terrorism powers seek to fuel sectarian strife and damage our peoples national unity. These crimes will not prevent us from standing up to the challenges and moving ahead with the political process to impose law and bring criminals and outlaws to justice."
It has long been suspected, by the U.S. Military and the Bush Administration, that the overall strategy of radical forces in Iraq was to fuel sectarian violence within tribal Iraq giving the appearance of U.S. defeat. Such strategies were outlined in intercepted messages from now deceased, Al Qaeda in Iraq leader, Abu Mussab Al Zarqawi, and have been seen in insurgent battlefield tactics since early 2005.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Rescuers dug through the muddy wreckage of collapsed clay houses in northwest Iraq on Wednesday, uncovering victims of four suicide bombings that Iraqi officials said killed at least 200 people in one of the worst attacks of the war.
The victims were members of a small Kurdish sect - the Yazidis - sometimes attacked by Muslim extremists who consider them infidels.
Four suicide truck bombers struck nearly simultaneously on Tuesday, killing more people than any other concerted attack since Nov. 23, when 215 people were killed by mortar fire and five car bombs in Baghdad's Shiite Muslim enclave of Sadr City.
It was most vicious attack yet against the Yazidis, an ancient religious community in the region. Some 300 people were wounded in the blasts, said Dakhil Qassim, the mayor of the nearby town of Sinjar.