In case anyone doubted that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was planning a series of high profile attacks on Shiites, aimed at sparking a Sunni-Shiite civil war, separate attacks in Iraq and Pakistan today pretty much confirms the CIA’s initial assessment.
KARBALA, Iraq (AP) – Simultaneous explosions ripped through crowds of worshippers Tuesday at Shiite Muslim shrines in Baghdad and the city of Karbala, killing at least 143 people on the holiest day of the Shiite calendar, a U.S. official said. It was the bloodiest day since the end of major fighting.
The blasts came during the Shiite festival of Ashoura and coincided with a shooting attack on Shiite worshippers in Quetta, Pakistan that killed at least 29 people and wounded more than 150.Of course this was predictable…
The attacks produced a wave of Shiite outrage – much of it directed at U.S. troops in the Iraqi capital. U.S. soldiers who arrived at Kazimiya were attacked by angry crowds throwing stones and garbage, injuring two Americans.
“This is the work of Jews and American occupation forces,” a loudspeaker outside Kazimiya blared. Inside, cleric Hassan Toaima told an angry crowd, “We demand to know who did this so that we can avenge our martyrs.”