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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jihadists Behind Baghdad Attacks (Updated)

The self-styled 'Islamic State of Iraq' that is led by Abu Omar al-Baghdadi took responsibility for the multiple terrorist attacks in Baghdad last Wednesday in a statement released today by 'Ministry of Information' of the ISI on the Al-Falluja jihadist forum. These attacks included the near simultaneous suicide truck bombs against the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance, even though that latter bombing was attributed by the Maliki government to a wing of the Ba'ath Party per a televised confession.

The ISI called the attacks "Ghazwet [Raid] of the Prisoner" and can be read here (Arabic text).

They will probably release a more extensive video of the operations at a later date, with statements by the suicide bombers, as is their custom when taking responsibility for big, dramatic attacks.

I had appeared on Alhurra TV on Sunday and when asked who was behind the attacks I said that it was the ISI, even though the other guest, Kamal al-Sa'idi MP from the Da'awa Party, kept insisting that it was the Ba'athists.

UPDATE: Here's a link to the Alhurra interview. I can't figure out why I can't embed!?

10 Comments:

Anonymous amagi said...

Nibras,

Why do you think they waited a week before making the announcement?

10:40 AM, August 25, 2009

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Hi amagi,

There is usually a lag of 1-2 weeks before the ISI can get its message out onto the internet. This problem of theirs had been getting worse in the last two years. It fits prior precedent. See their responses to the government's claim of arresting al-Baghdadi.

Best,

Nibras

10:44 AM, August 25, 2009

 
Anonymous amagi said...

Nibras,

Another question, then -- does this mean that the confessions extracted from suspects by the Maliki government are false or fabricated?

2:04 PM, August 25, 2009

 
Blogger Nibras Kazimi نبراس الكاظمي said...

Hi amagi,

I really don't know. But what doesn't make sense is that the guy who confessed only did so regarding the Ministry of Finance bombing, which occurred nearly simultaneously I think with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs bombing. It is unlikely that these two big events were coincidental, so planning one would have necessarily mean planning the other. Confessing to one bombing and not mentioning the other strikes me as fishy. Still, the government says that it has other evidence. It could be the case that they followed a thread and were too quick in exposing it, leading them as it did to a stand-off with the Syrians.

We have seen this once before when the Maliki government announced the capture of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi. They got way ahead of themselves and also put out a televised confession. I'm still not convinced.

Best,

Nibras

3:55 PM, August 25, 2009

 
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