Friday, April 07, 2006

Suicide bombers target SCIRI mosque

According to Iraq the Model, today's suicide bombing at Baghdad's Buratha mosque targeted a Shi'a opponent of Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim al-Jafari. The mosque's preacher, Jalal Addin al-Sagheer, was the first member of SCIRI to publicly call for Jafari to step down from the PM post. Jafari's top supporter is militant Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who commands his own personal militia, the Mahdi Army.

As usual, this latest attack represents the complicated state of Iraqi politics. Omar at ITM writes that the attack was likely carried out by al Qaeda in its attempt to derail the political process and foment civil war. He speculates further that orders for the attack came from outside Iraq, possibly from Syria or Iran.

Also, Omar writes that a US/Sadr showdown is "imminent" and that today's attack represented an attempt to draw more parties into the conflict. Recent events make a SCIRI alliance with Kurds, Sunnis and secular Shi'as as a realistic way to break the political impasse. The attack may have been intended to make SCIRI think twice about breaking with other religious Shi'a parties who make up the UIA.

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