Religion of exploding females:
Suicide bombings target Shi’ite pilgrims in Iraq
Sunni-Shi’ite JihadÂ Update.
“Spate of suicide attacks kill more than 50 in Iraq,”
fromÂ Agence France-Presse, July 28:
Three women bombers blew themselves up on Monday in a crowd of Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad, one of a string of attacks in Iraq that killed at least 51 people, undermining hopes of a drop in violence.
Scores of people were also wounded in the attacks, which follow a relative lull in the sectarian violence that has ravaged the country since February 2006, when insurgents blew up a Shiite mosque in the central city of Samarra.
The triple attack in Baghdad killed at least 25 pilgrims as they headed to a holy shrine for a major religious ceremony on the Shiite Muslim calendar that has been marred by bloodshed in the past, security officials said.
Another 22 people were killed in a suicide bombing during a protest rally in the northern oil city of Kirkuk, and gunfire in a panicked stampede that followed, local officials said.
Among the dead in the Baghdad bombings were women and children, security and hospital officials told AFP, adding that about 70 other people were wounded.
* Not that anybody in the ummah Islamiyah gives a shiite. Its only when infidels roast a few terrorists that the Koranimals have hissy fits…
The bombers struck in the Karrada district of central Baghdad as pilgrims were making their way on foot towards Kadhimiyah in the north of the Iraqi capital, site of a Shiite festival on Tuesday.
“At least 25 people were killed and more than 70 were wounded in three suicide attacks, probably by females suicide bombers,” a police official said.
On Sunday, gunmen shot dead seven pilgrims in Madin, a town south of Baghdad, despite tight security for Tuesday’s ceremony honouring revered imam Mussa Kadhim that is expected to attract up to one million worshippers.
Pilgrims from around the country are flocking to the Iraqi capital to mourn the revered imam who died 12 centuries ago, prompting authorities to step up security amid concerns over attacks.
Systematic violence — suicide bombings and sectarian killings — have dropped sharply in the capital since a peak in 2006, but Iraqi police are worried about a wave of attacks in the city of six million people.
Major General Kassam Atta, spokesman for city security, told reporters that his force had information regarding the possibility of attacks targeting pilgrims during this year’s festival.
“We ask people to help in all ways with our security forces,” Atta said, adding that up to one million people were expected.
Checks have been particularly stringent amid what appears to be [a]Â growing trend of using womenÂ in insurgent bombings, which have claimed hundreds of lives across the volatile country….
Iraq: from slayings to parliamentary quarrels, Sunnis and Shias continue demonstrating their antipathy for one another
Though the two stories relayed here seem to have nothing in common — Shia pilgrims being slain and the Iraqi parliament quarreling over laws — they are in fact related: just as Sunnis and Shias have been at each other’s throats since the Battle of the Camel to this recent slaying, so too will Sunnis and Shias in a Western style democracy never see eye to eye — that is, as long as they take their religious tenets seriously. “Gunmen Kill 7 Iraqi Pilgrims Near Baghdad,” fromÂ VOA News, July 27:
Iraqi security officials say unidentified gunmen have killed seven Shi’ite pilgrims who were walking to a shrine in the capital for a major religious commemoration.
Gee, wonder which Islamic sect these mysterious “gunmen” belong to — Sunni maybe?
Officials say the gunmen ambushed the pilgrims Sunday in the town of Madain, south of the capital, as they traveled to a revered mosque in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Kadhimiyah.Â
The pilgrims were among the tens of thousands of people expected to converge in Kadhimiyah this week to commemorate the death, 12 centuries ago, of one of the 12 Imams of Shi’ite Islam who is believed buried there.
Iraqi military spokesman General Qassim Moussawi says his forces have tightened security around the area.
In other news, Iraqi politicians have been given two days to offer changes to a draft provincial elections law that was rejected last week.
A deputy speaker of parliament, Sheikh Khalid al-Attiyah, on Saturday said committees are trying to determine why the law was rejected and are working to submit a final report to parliament within 48 hours.
Iraq’s Presidential Council rejected the draft law Wednesday, sending it back to parliament and most likely delaying U.S.-backed elections that were scheduled for October.
The United States has urged Iraq’s government to hold elections by the end of the year,Â saying the vote would help to further reconcile Iraq’s different ethnic groups.
But that’s just it, and why there is a delay: the different “ethnic” groups (read: Shias and Sunnis) have a long way to go before they can be “reconciled,” as evinced by the Shia slayings.