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Hvorfor angriper Al Qaida og jihadistene universiteter og høyskoler i Irak? Slik de gjorde i det blodige angrepet søndag, der over 40 døde. Svaret er at de vil tvinge middelklassen blant shiaene til å flykte landet, slik at de svakere gruppene blir igjen. De kan beseires.

Many of the surviving students expressed defiance. Falah Hasan, 35, a third-year management student standing nearby blamed Syria, Saudi Arabia and other countries for sowing destruction in his country. He said that Iraqis would not give up.

«We are burying here the minds of our society,» he said, pointing to the ad hoc graves being filled by Mousawi, the blacksmith. «We are planting them anew. How many of our great minds have they killed? They are targeting the students who are carrying pencils — our dirty neighbors.»

«We shall reconstruct the great Iraqi mind from the beginning. This land will produce more minds than ever.»

The attack Sunday was the second recent assault at a branch of the university. Two car bombs and a suicide bomber killed at least 70 people at a nearby campus on Jan. 16.

Other colleges throughout Iraq have been made targets in the past year, reflecting what is widely viewed as an attempt by Sunni extremist groups like Al Qaeda to drive out Iraq’s middle class, the secular and the educated.

kilde: Herald Tribune

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