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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Live and Kicking

!!! Warning: some images are very graphic !!!

A brazen attack on the Prime Minister's office in Algiers:

'Al Kaida in North Africa', an Al Kaida's subsidiary in the region, has claimed responsibility for the attack. A police station was destroyed by another bomber as well. More than 30 died and dozens were wounded in the bombings that have struck fear at the heart of the nation that's still recovering from a bloody secular Sunnis vs Religious Sunnis civil war, that killed between 100,000 and 200,000 people.

Next door in Morocco three suicide bombers blew themselves up when police tried to arrest them. Many observers are starting wondering about the direction North Africa is taking.

In Baghdad a bomber miraculously penetrated the heavily guarded Green Zone and blew himself up inside Iraq's Parliament, killing both Sunni and Shia legislators. (One can only hope that at this point they at least stopped squabbling between themselves)

Abu Bakr and other lawmakers said they saw the suspected bomber's body amid the ghastly scene.

"I saw two legs in the middle of the cafeteria and none of those killed or wounded lost their legs — which means they must be the legs of the suicide attacker," he said.


I agree. It makes sense. Though if they find more legs in the cafeteria, they will have to revise some of their conclusions.

But the most spectacular attack happened today at the al-Sarafiya bridge in Baghdad when a truck bomber detonated his goodies at the middle of the bridge.

Thick smoke rises from the site of an explosion at Baghdad's Al-Sarafiyah bridge

The whole structure collapsed sending cars on both sides tumbling into water

Police, later joined by divers, is still trying to fish out a few dozens of people who disappeared in the Tigris together with their cars.

"It is one of Baghdad's monuments. This is really damaging for Iraq. We are losing a lot of our history every day," said Ahmed Abdul-Karim, who lives nearby.

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The al-Sarafiya bridge is believed to be at least 75 years old, built by the British in the early part of the 20th century.


Probably the time is ripe to start building a new one...

In short, Al Kaida and its friends are live and kicking and no need to worry for them. By the way, great news from 'East Med Sea Peace':

Wednesday Afternoons with IPCRI

"Art and Intercultural Dialogue for Peace building and Conflict Resolution" Prof. Durgadas MukhopadhyaySparta Institute of Social Studies Noida, Nr.Delhi, India

Place: Ambassador Hotel
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Time: 15:00 to 17:00 O’clock (3:00-5:00 PM)


FAX: 02-676-8011 TELEPHONE: 02-676-9460


To be honest, I have never managed to figure out what arts and inter-cultural dialogues have to do with what we got in the region, but judging by my previous experiences with peace roundtables, it's going to be loads of fun. Bye. See you there.

update... the al-Sarafiya bridge ...

Police said the attack was by a suicide truck bomber, but Associated Press Television News footage showed the bridge broken apart in two places - perhaps the result of two blasts.



The Islamic State in Iraq, a coalition of Sunni insurgent groups, has issued the claim of responsibility for the attack on the parliament.

"A knight from the state of Islam ... reached the heart of the Green Zone ... the temporary headquarters of the mice of the infidel parliament and blew himself up among a gathering of the infidel masters," the Islamic State said in the statement posted on one Islamist Web site commonly used by insurgents.

The initial investigation indicates that the attack might be the work of an insider:

Iraqi officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was incomplete, said the bomber was believed to have been a bodyguard for a Sunni lawmaker who was not among the casualties. The officials did not name the lawmaker.

The lawmakers convened today for a special session to show defiance, but many seats are reported to be empty.

Iraqi parliament speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani said Friday's session was "a clear message to all the terrorists and all those who dare try to stop this (political) process, that we will sacrifice in order for it to continue."


In its turn, the 'Islamic State in Iraq' has promised that more 'knights' are on the way.

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