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Når selv de mest skeptiske referer gladmeldingene fra Bagdad kan det være på plass å helle litt malurt i begeret: en gruppe shiaer skal ha stått bak et angrep på sivile shiaer, for å skremme dem til å søke beskyttelse hos shia-milits. Illevarslene.

Det er amerikanske militære som melder at de har arrestert fire shiaer, tilhørende en spesialgruppe, som har tilstått at de sto bak et angrep på kjæledyrmarkedet fredag der 15 mennesker ble drept.

The blast Friday in the al-Ghazl pet market killed at least 15 people, wounded 56 and shattered a growing sense of public confidence that has emerged following a sharp decline in the bombings and shootings that once rattled the Iraqi capital daily.

During overnight raids, U.S. and Iraqi soldiers arrested four members of an unidentified Shiite «special groups cell,» who confessed to the bombing, U.S. spokesman Rear Adm. Gregory Smith told reporters.

«Based on subsequent confessions, forensics and other intelligence, the bombing was the work of an Iranian-backed special groups cell operating here in Baghdad,» Smith said, adding that he was not accusing Iran itself of ordering the blast.

The market is located in a Shiite area and has been targeted before by Sunni extremists. But Smith said the attackers wanted people to believe that the bomb, packed with ball-bearings to maximize casualties, was the work of al-Qaida in Iraq so that residents would turn to Shiite militias for protection.

He also said Shiite «special groups» were believed responsible for a series of rocket and mortar attacks against American bases in eastern Baghdad on Nov. 18.


U.S. blames Shiites in new Iraq violence

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Når selv de mest skeptiske referer gladmeldingene fra Bagdad kan det være på plass å helle litt malurt i begeret: en gruppe shiaer skal ha stått bak et angrep på sivile shiaer, for å skremme dem til å søke beskyttelse hos shia-milits. Illevarslene.

Det er amerikanske militære som melder at de har arrestert fire shiaer, tilhørende en spesialgruppe, som har tilstått at de sto bak et angrep på kjæledyrmarkedet fredag der 15 mennesker ble drept.

The blast Friday in the al-Ghazl pet market killed at least 15 people, wounded 56 and shattered a growing sense of public confidence that has emerged following a sharp decline in the bombings and shootings that once rattled the Iraqi capital daily.

During overnight raids, U.S. and Iraqi soldiers arrested four members of an unidentified Shiite «special groups cell,» who confessed to the bombing, U.S. spokesman Rear Adm. Gregory Smith told reporters.

«Based on subsequent confessions, forensics and other intelligence, the bombing was the work of an Iranian-backed special groups cell operating here in Baghdad,» Smith said, adding that he was not accusing Iran itself of ordering the blast.

The market is located in a Shiite area and has been targeted before by Sunni extremists. But Smith said the attackers wanted people to believe that the bomb, packed with ball-bearings to maximize casualties, was the work of al-Qaida in Iraq so that residents would turn to Shiite militias for protection.

He also said Shiite «special groups» were believed responsible for a series of rocket and mortar attacks against American bases in eastern Baghdad on Nov. 18.


U.S. blames Shiites in new Iraq violence

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