Iraqi security officials vow severe response to al-Qaeda over attacks

[Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images] A mother in Karbala carries her child, who was injured when a car bomb exploded in al-Nasr neighborhood.

[Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images] A mother in Karbala carries her child, who was injured when a car bomb exploded in al-Nasr neighborhood.

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Iraqi security officials accused al-Qaeda of carrying out the attacks that killed scores of civilians and security personnel in a number of Iraqi cities on Wednesday (August 25th).

Car bomb attacks in Baghdad, Fallujah, Ramadi, al-Kut, Basra, and Baqubah killed 61 and wounded 195.

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense also announced that Iraqi security forces thwarted several other attacks also planned for Wednesday.

"The Iraqi Army managed to kill three suicide bombers before they could reach their goals and prevented three car bombs in Fallujah, Mosul, and Baghdad," said Col. Salih al-Obaidi of the Ministry of Defense. "This is in addition to dismantling five Katyusha rockets that were set to target an Iraqi Army base in Refaat, Diwaniyah province, just minutes before their launch."

Ministry of Defense spokesman Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Askari said al-Qaeda was attempting to undermine the efforts of security forces by attacking on more than one front.

"The escalation by al-Qaeda is expected and aims to weaken the morale of the Iraqi forces," al-Askari said. "However, Wednesday's attacks will not pass by easily, as there will be severe response by Iraqi forces to kill or arrest those who are responsible for such attacks."

String of attacks hits six Iraqi cities

In northeastern Baghdad, 18 civilians and military personnel were killed when a suicide bomber blew up his vehicle near a police station in al-Qahira neighborhood. The explosion took place while policemen were changing shifts in the morning.

The attack also wounded 55 people, most of whom were policemen. The blast caused huge material damage to nearby buildings and burned 32 vehicles, according to Maj. Mohammed Abdul Khalek of Baghdad Operations Command.

In al-Shaljiya area of Baghdad, two civilians were killed and seven others wounded in another car bomb. The vehicle was parked on a busy street when it exploded.

In Wasit province, a suicide bomber driving a Toyota blew himself up near a police station in al-Kut, killing 26 people and wounding 63.

"The Chief of Police Col. Waleed Sami was among the people who were killed, after he died of wounds sustained during the attack," said Col. Aziz al-Emara, leader of the rapid reaction forces in al-Kut.

In Anbar province, two car bombs killed eight people and wounded 16 others. The explosions targeted Iraqi police and army patrols in Ramadi and Fallujah.

Anbar Police Command spokesperson Maj. Raheem Zebn said a third blast took place before the terrorists could flee the scene of the explosion.

"Because of a failure in the devices, the car exploded before the terrorists left it, and they were killed right away," he said.

In Diyala province, a suicide attack targeted the office of Diyala Governor Abdul Nassir al-Mehdawi, killing three civilians and wounding 17 civilians and members of the security forces. The governor was unharmed.

"The terrorist attack was aimed at breaking the calm and security stability that the province has witnessed for a while," said Lt. Col. Elwan Sobeih of the provincial police. "This is the method of al-Qaeda terrorist organization."

In Karbala, four civilians were killed and 29 others were wounded in a car bomb targeting a police station in al-Nasr neighborhood, said Capt. Fawzi Abdullah of Karbala Operations Command.

Four civilians and four police officers were wounded in a car bomb near a garage close to al-Ashar police station in Basra.

Security forces call on citizens to help fight terrorism

Alaa al-Taie, a spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, urged citizens to cooperate with security forces to prevent more attacks and to bring terrorists to justice.

"Security depends on people's cooperation. We can defeat violence in a short time if everybody unites and cooperates with security forces," he said.

Iraqis can use the hotline (130) to inform security forces about suspicious activities.

"This will prevent death and help provide security for Iraqis," al-Taie said.

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    Ahamed

    2010-10-10

    The shameful Arab silence in the face of the massacres of the children bring back the memory of the Iraqis and remind them of the massacre against the suckling child, Abdullah ibn al-Hussein, peace be upon him, in Kerbela, at the hands of the criminals who shed the pure blood of the imams and righteous Muslims. Those are the grandchildren of the killers, and the victims are still the victims. There is no power except with God. It is really shameful to hear the condemnation of the international organizations and leaders of all countries who objected to this sorrowful massacre that affect even the rocks, while the Arab brothers, leaders, princes, kings, scholars, parliaments, civil organizations and other institutions keep silent, as if the flying heads of the supporters of the household of the Prophet, peace be upon him, and their scattered amputated parts and blood on the streets are their birthday cake or toys, or the henna of the circumcision on the tender hands of the young boys. We belong to God and to him we shall return.

  • الله اكبر

    2010-10-9

    May God protect the children of Iraq from all evils…

  • لميعة عبد

    2010-10-7

    Terrorism is merciless, and its gift to the children of Iraq is destruction, killing and orphanhood.

  • سامي

    2010-9-24

    May God have mercy upon our martyrs and cure our wounded. May God take revenge upon the rude terrorists.

  • يوسف

    2010-9-21

    What is this innocent child guilty of, that you would to do this to her, O criminals?

  • محمد فتحي

    2010-9-4

    Terrorists who conduct operations against Iraqi people and kill them deserve death, not prison. Nonetheless, their imprisonment will keep them from attacking the citizens and makes the latter feel more secure and will lead to the end of Al Qaeda in Iraq. This will also make citizens be more at ease. So, the Iraqi government's arrest of the terrorists who are accused of crimes against humanity, and bringing them to the fair Iraqi justice system, is an honorable and patriotic act. It makes everybody cooperate with the Iraqi government and army, to put an end to Al Qaeda in Iraq and to live in peace and prosperity, after getting rid of this deadly scourge.

  • Abbas Shamsuddin

    2010-8-30

    Hello; every noble person hurts when he hears about the massacres carried out by those criminals, may God curse them. They are not human beings, since even the beasts are more merciful than those criminals. In order to combat and eliminate them, we have to depend on all the citizens to create popular security cells consisting of trusted people and ‘Fidai'in’ in all neighborhoods and commercial places, monitoring these centers and other areas. Also, we need to collect all suggestions in this regard and plan programs utilizing the best means. If there is no plan, they can easily plan against us, using all types of plots. Their plans have to be studied. In order to defeat these viruses, we have to know about the methods of combating such viruses in advance, and not after they attack. May God bless us as well as all those who are loyal. May God bless those who have been martyred and will be martyred, especially the policemen that sacrifice with their lives for the sake of the wounded Iraq and its wronged people. Regards.