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Friday, May 01, 2009

Amazing Pictures: Overpowering a Suicide Bomber in Kirkuk

This comes via nahrain.com which in turn takes it from something called 'Turkuman News Bureau'. The events allegedly happened today at the Zahra Husseiniya (Shia house of worship) in Kirkuk; the husseiniya belongs to the Turkuman Shia community.

A 16 year-old suicide bomber, carrying a fake ID card under the name 'Muhammad Hussein Jawdet' fired a shot at one of the husseiniya's security guards, wounding the guard, and then tried to enter the site while shouting 'allahu akbar' ('God is great'). He was overpowered by the other guards, and prevented from detonating his suicide vest.

Startling and life-affirming pictures. The boy appears a bit drugged, or he may have been roughed up (...no signs of bruising and blood though). Jihadists usually pump up their bombers with sedatives so that they can go on with their missions.

We've heard of dozens of stories in which brave Iraqi Army, Police and private guards have put their lives at risk by tackling suicides bombers, many of whom died while saving others from the full impact of the blasts, but this is the first time I've spotted pictures of such acts of heroism.

Had the boy succeeded, and killed a few dozen worshippers, then the western press would have harped on about one more bombing highlighting the "the rapidly deteriorating security situation." Analysts and 'experts' would have salivated at the expanding death toll, seemingly validating their bleak assessment of Iraq's future. These pictures speak to how regular Iraqis are refusing to succumb to terror, choosing life for others even though it may mean the end of theirs.

Few societies have ever witnessed the unique horrors visited upon by the Iraqi people in the last three decades, and yet, rather than be broken, every day brings more evidence that this a people who refuse to bow down to their circumstances. But how can that story be told when the press corps is burdened with cynics and nihilists, who can't even imagine what it would take to embrace a suicide bomber so that others may live?





36 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

indeed Nibras. The iraqi's spirit lives on.

If Iraqis paid attention to the comments from the self proclaimed Iraqi experts parading on talk shows on Sunday AM talking heads specials, they would have given up a long time ago...

Iraq will succeed in-spite of the wishes of our neighbors.

4:00 PM, May 01, 2009

 
Blogger Don Cox said...

The boy certainly looks drugged in the last photo. The photographer was brave to stay close enough to take these pictures.

5:10 AM, May 02, 2009

 
Blogger Jaguar b. p. said...

[ Iraq will succeed in-spite of the wishes of our neighbors. ]

Actually, you will find that with time and with technological development, it will become easier to kill more magus in a single bombing.

5:34 AM, May 02, 2009

 
Anonymous amagi said...

Close to the head of Al Qaeda in Iraq? This 16 year old kid? Something is not right here...

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/18/20090502/twl-iraq-says-mosque-attacker-close-to-q-3cd7efd.html

9:04 AM, May 02, 2009

 
Blogger bg said...

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thank you TG..

"acts of heroism"..

couldn't have stated it any better..

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3:29 PM, May 02, 2009

 
Anonymous Fred Pruitt said...

The brat's probably drugged to the eyes, but he's also probably in shock from having his trip to the Great Beyond interrupted.

My congratulations and my sincere admiration to the men who took that boy down.

5:36 PM, May 02, 2009

 
Anonymous amagi said...

Nibras,

Any info on the Nadhim al-Jabori arrest? Legit?

11:05 AM, May 03, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred Pruitt knows all...but probably not.

1:30 PM, May 03, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to torture this 16 year old "boy" to death, Saddam style, cut off his ugly head, put it on a horse and send the horse into Dimeshq.

11:43 AM, May 04, 2009

 
Blogger Jaguar b. p. said...

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3:13 PM, May 04, 2009

 
Blogger Jaguar b. p. said...

▌The brat's probably drugged to the eyes

I assume that is because their goal is to establish extremist laws which prohibit drugs. More flawless logic from you



Startling and life-affirming pictures.

You supported "Shock & Awe," which had the goal of killing random people under the excuse of "WMD stockpiles."
And now you are touched by "life-affirming pictures," which show a raafidhi magusi animal trampling some child.

That is an amazing moral code; which is probably the reason I have no qualms
as we give you another 6 years of hell, followed by another 6.

3:14 PM, May 04, 2009

 
Anonymous iraqi american said...

ga7ba bit ga7ba, we have been supporting the overthrow of the tikriti mafiosi scum of earth for more than 25 years, long before "shock and awe". we wanted to shock and awe and put to death scum like you, not random iraqis.

3:52 PM, May 04, 2009

 
Anonymous Scott Gallant said...

[And now you are touched by "life-affirming pictures," which show a raafidhi magusi animal trampling some child?]

that "child" was wearing a bomb vest and intended on killing scores of people attending Mosque...

These people he attempted to murder are people who equally love Allah as this boy does...in his own completely misguided way.

Although I agree that my ex-president and his neoconservative cronies couldn't wipe their own asses without a major blunder, and they've certainly proved their love of money over people, but something tells me you have your own biased agenda that compromises your ability to maintain a basic human decency towards others who happed to reside from a different geographical location than you...

You remind me of the certain hate-mongers in my own country.

6:28 AM, May 05, 2009

 
Blogger Jaguar b. p. said...

we wanted to shock and awe and put to death scum like you, not random iraqis.

The American electorate authorized the war because they wanted to punish "sand niggers," not because they wanted to advance Iraq.

But apparently Ay-rabs like you are willing to support those who hate you. How pathetic



These people he attempted to murder are people who equally love Allah as this boy does...in his own completely misguided way.

It's not an arbitrary matter, anyone who sides with the Crusaders is in violation of Al-Walaa2 wal Baraa2 (loyalty and disloyalty for the sake of Allah)

4:40 PM, May 06, 2009

 
Blogger chamblee54 said...

"the press corps is burdened with cynics and nihilists"
When you have been lied to, you become cynical.
Not that it really matters. The American press and public is tired of Iraq. Many of us were not that interested to begin with. The american media is more interested in American Idol than a story like this.

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Anonymous Scott Gallant said...

"It's not an arbitrary matter, anyone who sides with the Crusaders is in violation of Al-Walaa2 wal Baraa2 (loyalty and disloyalty for the sake of Allah"

this is precisely my point!!! Christians in my country, who you correctly refer to as "crusaders," believe that the most "noble" mission in Iraq is to convert muslims to christians...Which is an attitude NO DIFFERENT from that of the suicide bombing boy, which is that only one sect has the monopoly on god's wisdom and love and there's no room for any other interpretation.

Gee, if only my point-of-view was PERFECT enough to kill another who disagrees with me and think that a higher power is just fine and dandy with it.

To anyone who believes their interpretation of god is infallible: Have your higher power call me to confirm it, rather than pull out tiresome texts from books written thousands of years ago by fallible men!!

12:14 PM, May 18, 2009

 
Blogger bg said...

++

Scott Gallant..

1) LIE

2) BULLSHIT

forgot to take your meds i see.. *sigh*

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