Shoe bomber kills 10 inside Iraq mosque

June 16th, 2006  
Navy Boy

Topic: Shoe bomber kills 10 inside Iraq mosque

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A shoe bomber blew himself up inside an important Shiite mosque during Friday prayers, killing at least 10 people and wounding 20, as violence persisted in the capital despite a massive security operation aimed at restoring order.

The military said Iraqi soldiers, assisted by coalition advisers, conducted an early morning ground assault in the Shiite holy city and captured "a high-ranking terrorist network commander without firing a shot."
The suspect was identified by the military as Sheik Aqeel.
"Aqeel commands a Karbala terrorist network and is wanted for assassinating Iraqi citizens and planning and ordering attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces," the military said.
The security forces also captured another terrorist in Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, and seized a substantial weapons cache, the military said, adding that no Iraqi or coalition forces were killed or wounded in the operation.
Also Thursday, the 40-member local council in Karbala suspended its operations and demanded an apology after police said U.S. forces raided the house of the council leader Aqil al-Zubeidi, a member of the Shiite Fadila Party, and arrested him and two other council members. Council spokesman Ghalib al-Daimi denied al-Zubeidi had any links to terrorism.
A top government official also confirmed that Iraq has an agreement to take over security responsibilities from foreign forces in southern Iraq this month.
Deputy Prime Minister Salam Zikam Ali al-Zubaie was responding to a Japanese news report that British, Australian and Japanese troops will transfer security responsibilities in southern Iraq to Iraqi authorities next week, and soon withdraw from the area.
"There is an agreement to take over the security responsibilities from the British, Australian and Japanese forces in southern Iraq during this month," al-Zubaie said. "We hope that the Iraqi security forces will live up to their duties there. It is the dream of all Iraqis that our forces will handle security issues all over Iraq." Al-Maliki announced shortly after taking office May 20 that Iraqi forces will start assuming full responsibility for some provinces and cities this month, beginning an 18-month process leading to the eventual withdrawal of all coalition forces.

Wow this an't nothing I don't know why they didn't beef up security there at the capital.
June 16th, 2006  

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