Countersurge: Jihadist bombers kill 122 in Baghdad, suburb

posted at 9:54 pm on March 29, 2007 by Allahpundit

They’re really pouring it on. No fewer than five suicide bombers detonated at Shiite markets in Baghdad and the town of Khalis today. They’ve hit the Green Zone with rockets and mortars on six of the past seven days, killing one American soldier and necessitating helmets and body armor while outdoors for whatever reason within the embassy complex. There have been two major attacks on U.S. forts in Anbar since Wednesday, too: an assault by a pair of truck bombs and 30 jihadis armed with RPGs on the coalition post in Garma, and then yesterday a “complex” operation targeting the Fallujah government center that began with mortars and ended with two more truck bombs, this time packed with chlorine. Fifteen U.S. and Iraqi troops were injured in the blast; “numerous” others are being treated for chlorine inhalation.

Why now? Probably to take back some momentum from the surge, probably to goad the Sadrists into retaliating and make things hot again. The Post has an article about the Mahdi Army out today that glosses Bill Roggio’s claim that there really wasn’t any such thing as “rogue” JAM until Sadr skipped town. If there wasn’t before, says WaPo, there is now:

At least two Shiite rivals, with some internal support, have been jockeying to take over parts of Sadr’s powerful Mahdi Army since he left for Iran earlier this year, officials say. Sadr has had trouble both leading and controlling his movement from afar, they said, as his absence has encouraged subordinates and earlier rivals to move in on his turf.

“It’s clear that he does not control all the organization. There are splinter groups that don’t answer and won’t answer to him, particularly since he is in Tehran now,” the senior Pentagon official said. While some officials think that Sadr — who is the son of a famous ayatollah who was killed during Saddam Hussein’s rule — is in Tehran, others said he is in Qom, a center of religious learning with many ties to Iraqi clerics…

In early August, Sadr purged undisciplined factional commanders not showing fealty, leaving the Mahdi Army smaller, tighter and more coherent, U.S. officials said. The streamlining was influenced in part by the Iranian government, which sought a unified front rather than a ragged array of militias fighting one another, the sources added.

Splinter groups would be bad if the splinters are more fanatic than Sadr, but obviously not so bad if they’re less so. Roggio has said the game all along has been to label the guys we’re bumping off as “rogue” to preserve the legitimacy of the rest and give the moderates among them space to negotiate. Hopefully that’s what’s happening with some of these breakaways. Which, if so, would explain the urgency among the Sunni jihadis to make the war hot again.

I’ll leave you with a pair of links: Stratfor on anxiety among Al Qaeda’s leadership about their burgeoning feud with homegrown Iraqi Sunni insurgents, and Reuters on the release of some of the Iraqi cops who went on a rampage in Tal Afar the other day — to help quell the unrest caused by their rampage.


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This quote of their strategy (from the link) is very interesting:

Al Qaeda, which is facing a significant threat from Iraq’s Sunni nationalist and Islamist militant groups, is trying to achieve three goals: First, to maintain its parallel power structure in the Sunni areas; second, to emerge as the vanguard of the Sunni resistance to the United States and the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government at a time when Sunni political leaders are cutting deals; and finally, to embarrass the Iraqi Islamist militant groups by arguing that they are not following true Islamic teachings.

This is a broad and far-reaching strategy. Also, very well thought out. However, does anyone really believe AQ (from what we’re told) has the resources to pull this off? By the day, Iraqi’s are putting their own money into rebuilding efforts, are giving up insurgents in their midst, and are joining the police force to fight lawlessness (even if their tactics can be described as questionable). Of course, if we cut funding to our military efforts there and bring our troops home, AQ’s strategy becomes so much easier.

thedecider on March 29, 2007 at 10:30 PM

Well time to get busy.

Theworldisnotenough on March 29, 2007 at 10:38 PM

Muslims killing muslims … yet somehow *we’re* the bad guys?

Tony737 on March 29, 2007 at 10:45 PM

“Why now?”

This looks like it is their last gasp.

I think that they’re placing it all on the line in “do or die.” If they do not prevail, here, now, then Al Qaeda is finished.

I think that we are very, very close to killing the snake.

georgej on March 29, 2007 at 10:47 PM

“There is a word for people who put children in a car to be blown up. The word is evil… It’s important that we say this out loud and that we render this moral judgment. Because if we fail to understand that our enemy is evil, we have failed to understand what we are fighting.” —Newt Gingrich

Jihadist bombers kill 122 in Baghdad, suburb

Evil is, as evil does.

Speakup on March 29, 2007 at 10:48 PM

Speakup on March 29, 2007 at 10:48 PM

In the back of my head, I hope Gingrich doesn’t run for office because he’s far too valuable on the speaking, book signing, and talk show circuits. A presidency would rob the U.S. and the world of a consistent, intelligent, conservative voice it desperately needs to hear.

thedecider on March 29, 2007 at 11:06 PM

“Why now?”

georgej on March 29, 2007 at 10:47 PM

Sorry, no jokes today…

The recent vote for a time line to withdrawl the troops of the United States of America fighting the war against those who want to kill us all, by the Democratic controlled Congress of the United States of America.

Plain and simple. The Democrats “own” defeat, and will not be happy until millions die and the terrorist are trained by Iranians, supplied by China and Russia, and start walking into an elementary school near you, seperating your childs head from his/her body, all the time having and Islamic orgasim over our defeat.

Yes Democratic party, your sucess is being celebrated, and this is just the start. You have no one else to blame but yourselves…….. maybe, just maybe, those who stayed home last time out when it was time to vote, might look at this and say, “hey, wait a minute……”

Alan Colmes, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, et al…….. the faces that launched a thousand homicide bombers….. and Rosie is their mouth piece.

The state of affairs of today………….

PinkyBigglesworth on March 29, 2007 at 11:12 PM

This pattern looks all too familiar. As others have jokingly noted, you can tell the war is going well when the MSM ignores it. So i really think these attacks are more for the propaganda value than anything else. The enemy knows the MSM is on their side and these attacks are there to give the media some propaganda to work with against us.

forged rite on March 30, 2007 at 12:12 AM

thedecider on March 29, 2007 at 11:06 PM

Newt by far has the best gray matter in politics.
He also knows how the machine works, he doesn’t need a learning curve, he can step in make adjustments and those who would, aren’t about to get away with guile and deceit.

In my mind I want to know, would he be true to the citizens will, truly defend the Constitution or would he roll for the big/international bankers and Corp. currency loyalists?

I’m starting like the idea of a Thompson-Gingrich White house team.
Thompson lends the perception of morals and character to the mix and Gingrich adds the brute brains and horsepower.

Speakup on March 30, 2007 at 12:30 AM

Alan Colmes, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, et al…….. the faces that launched a thousand homicide bombers….. and Rosie is their mouth piece.

The state of affairs of today………….

PinkyBigglesworth on March 29, 2007 at 11:12 PM

It’s all just entertainment, don’t you see?
Keep the eyeballs in front of the latest from Iraq, or Iran, or Europe, or the U.S…
How can we hook you today!

billy on March 30, 2007 at 12:50 AM

Speakup on March 30, 2007 at 12:30 AM

I hear ya, I just think another office would ruin him. Relieved of the office, he has the freedom to express his inner beliefs so clearly. Tied to an office, he is then also tied to the politics which run that office, thereby constraining and even diminishing the freedom of thought so clearly expressed in the quote you provided above. I’m convinced he is more valuable as a “free agent” (for lack of a better descriptive) in that he can talk about his true beliefs without any fear of political consequence.

thedecider on March 30, 2007 at 12:55 AM

thedecider on March 30, 2007 at 12:55 AM

I think you’re right, Newt does seem to express his personal wisdom quite well lately.
I would though like to see him with a greater ability to effect actual change, whatever position that would be.
I’m just shy (as I’m sure a lot of us are) of the bait and switch politicians that we have tolerated for far too many years now.
If the RNC did their job we should have candidates to stand up and cheer for.

Speakup on March 30, 2007 at 1:18 AM

If the RNC did their job we should have candidates to stand up and cheer for.
Speakup on March 30, 2007 at 1:18 AM

Heh, sounds like a great world. I wish I lived there.

thedecider on March 30, 2007 at 1:23 AM

How many jihadists does it take to screw up a world?

As many as we still have to kill.

profitsbeard on March 30, 2007 at 1:53 AM

Heh, sounds like a great world. I wish I lived there.

thedecider on March 30, 2007 at 1:23 AM

Yea, yea perfect world. I don’t think at this point in time the party committees are doing any better job than the old boss system did in choosing candidates.

Speakup on March 30, 2007 at 2:09 AM

It’s all just entertainment, don’t you see?
Keep the eyeballs in front of the latest from Iraq, or Iran, or Europe, or the U.S…
How can we hook you today!

billy on March 30, 2007 at 12:50 AM

billy…… “entertainment”, the “hook”…… priceless… can I ask a question?

“Have you been in Iraq? It’s a fairly large country for the region, not all parts are in a “civil war” (Kurds) for what your MSM would tell you, if fact, only a small portion, and most of the violence is due to the support of Iran….”

“Iran”, yes, declared “War” on the United States of Amercia and it’s allies back in 1978, and has funded, provided training, security, and intelligence to this day….. “but you, billy, think there is nothing wrong with that…”

“Europe”…….. by all means, billy, here is your “one way ticket”, get the fork out if think you would be better off, please……

Comes down to it, billy, I tried to be nice, but your an idiot, plane and simple.

Try It’s all just entertainment, don’t you see?
Keep the eyeballs in front of the latest from Iraq, or Iran, or Europe, or the U.S…

Try this, and get back to us in the morning……..

PinkyBigglesworth on March 30, 2007 at 3:48 AM

See, we telegraphed our intentions long before the so-called “surge”. All the politicians with their huffing and puffing, diseminating intentions and targets on our news channels and in our newspapers like fools. So, the enemy simply hunkered down in their little hidey holes, ate, drank, and be merry, until the “surge” surged on by. Then they left their hidey holes and dug out their weapons and went back to business as usual… ’cause they knew everything they needed to know to avoid the suuuurge!

SilverStar830 on March 30, 2007 at 4:04 AM

I also think the Democrat Party is partially responsible for the chaos. For nearly 50 years the Democrats have been a reliable “fifth column” for our enemies. I sure they are proud of themselves.

Zorro on March 30, 2007 at 6:43 AM