US troops discover bombs built into Iraq girls school

posted at 10:10 am on May 4, 2007 by Bryan

It takes a special kind of evil to try something like this:

American soldiers discovered a girls school being built north of Baghdad had become an explosives-rigged “death trap,” the U.S. military said Thursday.

The plot at the Huda Girls’ school in Tarmiya was a “sophisticated and premeditated attempt to inflict massive casualties on our most innocent victims,” military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said.

The military suspects the plot was the work of al Qaeda, because of its nature and sophistication, Caldwell said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

The plot was uncovered Saturday, when troopers in the Salaheddin province found detonating wire across the street from the school. They picked up the wire and followed its trail, which led to the school. Once inside, they found an explosive-filled propane tank buried beneath the floor. There were artillery shells built into the ceiling and floor, and another propane tank was found, the military said.

The wire was concealed with mortar and concrete, and the propane tanks had been covered with brick and hidden underneath the floor, according to a military statement. Soldiers were able to clear the building.

“It was truly just an incredibly ugly, dirty kind of vicious killing that would have gone on here,” Caldwell said.

Iraqi contractors were responsible for building the school, which was intended to bring in hundreds of girls.

“Given the care and work put into emplacing this IED, it is likely it had been planned for a long time” and it is thought that “the IED was not intended to be set off until the building was occupied,” the military said.

The story doesn’t specify the school’s potential occupancy other than “hundreds,” but this attack would have been the most cowardly and despicable mass murder ever conceived: An attack on defenseless girls and their teachers in class, no warning, no chance of escape, just a flash followed by misery and death and then fear. But it’s the logical result of an ideology that opposes the very idea of educating women to be able to chart their own course in life. Al Qaeda and Taliban forces have been attacking girls schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan for years.

It boggles the mind to think of how many contractors who were involved in the school’s construction may have known about the bomb buried inside.

Update: Watch out for the Cognitive Diss virus!

(h/t LGF)


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Creepy!

Lawrence on May 4, 2007 at 10:21 AM

Despicable….

soulsirkus on May 4, 2007 at 10:21 AM

Ahhh…. see… proof… I tell ya proof…

No doubt this school was built by Haliburton, and they were using plans from WTC7!!!!

Romeo13 on May 4, 2007 at 10:26 AM

It couldn’t be al Qaeda. They aren’t in Iraq.

It is breathtakingly sad that the Left thinks we can negotiate with these psychotic madmen. I don’t know if we could get a clearer image of the depths of depravity that we are dealing with in the GWOT.

common sensineer on May 4, 2007 at 10:26 AM

“Show of hands question: Do you believe there is such a thing as a global war on terror?”

F’ing Liberals.

there it is on May 4, 2007 at 10:26 AM

Sick bastards, though I’m not surprised by their conduct. I think this is what I hate the most about the jihadis, their treatment of women and kids.

Bad Candy on May 4, 2007 at 10:31 AM

Nothing to see here move along….

There is NO Al Qaeda in Iraq Remember?

ask Michael Moore.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on May 4, 2007 at 10:32 AM

I’d be taking a close look at whatever else these contractors have been involved in building also.

Maxx on May 4, 2007 at 10:35 AM

That’s going to be a big job; once they figure out the contractors, they’re going to have to look at everything those wankers built; course, the good news is, I hope anyway, they get to bust down the contractors doors and maybe get a line on a nasty cell. Ok, that last bit is optimistic along the lines of Santa Claus, but hey, a guys gotta dream.

austinnelly on May 4, 2007 at 10:40 AM

Pure Evil …. but no torturing during interrogation PLEASE.

Donks care.

fogw on May 4, 2007 at 10:41 AM

Hmmm, lets see, Al Qaeda plants bomb in a girls school with the intention of killing hundreds of innocent young girls. The lefts take on this…They are just freedom fighters trying to evict a vicious cruel and oppressive occupying force. What I want to know is when do we start having congressional hearing on un-American activities again??? Why haven’t Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and John Murtha been charged with treason and sedition?


Rock on………………..

doriangrey on May 4, 2007 at 10:41 AM

How could one possibly believe in a God described as “the Merciful, the Compassionate,” and yet believe that He would be pleased at something like this?

I don’t get it. Not even a little bit.

morganfrost on May 4, 2007 at 10:42 AM

sick, sick.

TexasDan on May 4, 2007 at 10:50 AM

Pelosi & Reid will insist Maliki immediately pass bomb control legislation, or funding will be cut off.

fogw on May 4, 2007 at 10:51 AM

Just imagine if Hilary and the Dems get their way how many of these bombs will suddenly go off on Oct. 7th or whatever day they decide all U.S. forces need to leave.

I find it harder and harder not to hate these people (the lefties and their ilk) when they steadfast refuse to see evil for evil.

Mich_93 on May 4, 2007 at 10:52 AM

The people who did this don’t deserve a trial. They deserve to be shot.

amerpundit on May 4, 2007 at 10:52 AM

American soldiers discovered a girls school being built north of Baghdad had become an explosives-rigged “death trap,” the U.S. military said Thursday.

May God continue to bless our troops!

CliffHanger on May 4, 2007 at 10:53 AM

In Pakistan

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data/subcontinent/2007/May/subcontinent_May140.xml&section=subcontinent&col=

In another incident, a bomb exploded at the main entrance of a girls’ school in the small NWFP town of Gujrat, damaging the main gate, the Geo news channel reported.

tomas on May 4, 2007 at 10:55 AM

This is messed up! And people still have doubts about why this war is being fought?

Stevel on May 4, 2007 at 10:57 AM

Yet, if she knew who they were, Nancy Pelosi would want to open a dialog to the people that set that trap.

JayHaw Phrenzie on May 4, 2007 at 10:57 AM

I would love to hear the democratic candidates asked the following question in their next debate?

“Are you willing to call the premeditated murder of hundreds of schoolgirls evil? If so, can you please explain why withdrawing from Iraq is the best way to fight this evil?”

jman on May 4, 2007 at 10:58 AM

Terrorists are mothers and fathers, too.
-Rosie

Vincenzo on May 4, 2007 at 10:59 AM

There’s an absolutely SICKENING video of a Kurdish girl being stoned to death in Iraq for marrying a Muslim man and converting to the religion.

There are CLEARLY authority figures there (looks like policemen) who allow this and even look like they are enabling the men to do it by keeping watch. If you want to watch it go to YouTube and type in “Stoning Kurdish”

Once again… DO NOT WATCH IT IF YOU DON’T FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THIS ISSUE, I STRONGLY URGE YOU TO REALLY CONSIDER IF YOU WANT TO WATCH IT OR NOT

tomas on May 4, 2007 at 10:59 AM

Where the hell where the county inspectors?!

Editor on May 4, 2007 at 11:02 AM

How awful. There’s a special place in hell reserved for these evil psychos.

CP on May 4, 2007 at 11:08 AM

Math. 18

4″Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5″And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;

6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea

Editor on May 4, 2007 at 11:10 AM

May God continue to bless our troops!

CliffHanger on May 4, 2007 at 10:53 AM

Ditto. Hope this story gets some play and helps clarify who are the “good guys”, to those who doubt it.

mikeyboss on May 4, 2007 at 11:11 AM

All that will come of it is “See what Bush has caused”

tomas on May 4, 2007 at 11:13 AM

Absolute positive proof that God and satan roam the world. Welcome to the future Dhimmis……deal with the devil and he will deal with you.

Limerick on May 4, 2007 at 11:20 AM

N.O.W. will be out with their strongly worded condemnation of this near- atrocity in…
*crickets*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 4, 2007 at 11:28 AM

There had to be multiple people accountable for this. I would have brought back the contractors/builders and make them go into the room where the bomb is and ask them to sit in a chair right between the bombs. then start interrogating them.

Drtuddle on May 4, 2007 at 11:29 AM

you could say this about 1000 different stories, but isn’t this one thing enough reason for us to stay in Iraq?

Kaptain Amerika on May 4, 2007 at 11:41 AM

“How could one possibly believe in a God described as “the Merciful, the Compassionate,” and yet believe that He would be pleased at something like this?

I don’t get it. Not even a little bit.”

morganfrost on May 4, 2007 at 10:42 AM

Occam’s razor.

The simplest answer applies.

They’re lying.

.

The Machine on May 4, 2007 at 11:59 AM

May God Bless our eagle eyed troops who spotted this in time. Our guys and gals in uniform are the very best. Thank God.

Zorro on May 4, 2007 at 12:00 PM

This goes to show the how important it is to these extremeists to keep their idiology from being watered down. This really goes to show how much the Iraqi people want change! The parents who send their kids off to school for an education and the children themselves are putting themselves in harms way everyday. We can not leave these people to fend for themselves. They have risked life and limb (literally) in the hope for a better future in Iraq!

sonnyspats1 on May 4, 2007 at 12:01 PM

Thank you for doing such good work in finding and disarming this men. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you. My God these people are evil.

Zetterson on May 4, 2007 at 12:08 PM

There had to be multiple people accountable for this. I would have brought back the contractors/builders and make them go into the room where the bomb is and ask them to sit in a chair right between the bombs. then start interrogating them.

Drtuddle on May 4, 2007 at 11:29 AM

Absolutely!

Zetterson on May 4, 2007 at 12:11 PM

Tarmiyah, huh? That’s a rough town. It’s where that truck bomb and near massacre of US troops occurred that I wrote about yesterday.

see-dubya on May 4, 2007 at 12:13 PM

With all these FlamingLibs running around saying, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?” (as if they care what Jesus said), I think we ought to ask those who still think that Islam is a “religion of peace” a new question: Who Would Muhammed Bomb?

BigOrangeAxe on May 4, 2007 at 12:14 PM

It takes a special kind of evil religion to try something like this:

Fixed!

Tim Burton on May 4, 2007 at 12:18 PM

With all these FlamingLibs running around saying, “Who Would Jesus Bomb?” (as if they care what Jesus said), I think we ought to ask those who still think that Islam is a “religion of peace” a new question: Who Would Muhammed Bomb?

BigOrangeAxe on May 4, 2007 at 12:14 PM

An even easier question to answer would be: Who Wouldn’t Muhammed Bomb?

ReubenJCogburn on May 4, 2007 at 12:27 PM

To this Libs, this would just be called a partial-education abortion.

If the Dems ever take over in Iraq, the only thing the checkpoints will be doing is helping the terrorists fill out their carbon offset paperwork for the bombs they are carrying.

pedestrian on May 4, 2007 at 12:30 PM

i’d like to string these bastards up by the lack of genitalia they have

Defector01 on May 4, 2007 at 12:46 PM

N.O.W. will be out with their strongly worded condemnation of this near- atrocity in…
*crickets*

annoyinglittletwerp

Thanks…..beat me to it.

omnipotent on May 4, 2007 at 12:48 PM

February 09, when the killing fields start filling up, it won’t be our problem will it Dems? When kids bodies are dragged, face down in the dirt, to be thrown on top of their dead mothers, who you gonna blame dems? You? The terrorists? Nah……it won’t be ‘any of our business’. You will have more important things to do like recycling and health care and issuing blue helmets to all the troops. Let them solve their own problems, we have enough of our own.
Too graphic for you? Too bombastic and inflammatory? Or is it just too much ‘reality’ for you? Sleep well. Lunesta will be included in your health coverage so not to worry. Just have Pablo or Maria fetch it for you, include a tip of course.

Limerick on May 4, 2007 at 12:49 PM

Who Would Muhammed Bomb?

BigOrangeAxe on May 4, 2007 at 12:14 PM

Easy. Everyfreakinbody who gets in his way!

. . . including little girls who have the audacity to want a little education.

The Ritz on May 4, 2007 at 1:06 PM

Terrorists are mothers and fathers, too.
-Rosie

Vincenzo on May 4, 2007 at 10:59 AM

Yep. Terrorist dads and moms just doin’ what they do – eatin’ their young.

The Ritz on May 4, 2007 at 1:10 PM

It takes a special kind of evil religion to try something like this:

Fixed!

Tim Burton on May 4, 2007 at 12:18 PM

No Tim, Bryan’s got it right. Islam is not a religion. Death cult…. sure it is. Political movement akin to the Nazis, yes, that fits. But not a religion, and it should not be afforded First Amendment protections here in America. The Founding Fathers certainly didn’t have the murderous ideology of Islam in mind when they wrote the Constitutional guarantees for religious freedom.

Maxx on May 4, 2007 at 1:28 PM

When is the world going to wake up and admit the fact that these people in the middle East are nothing more than animals that fell only slightly further up the evolutionary tree than some of the primates. Animals that have no regard for the lives of others and shed nothing but fake tears when their fellow animals die. It’s time to start treating these societies as they want/need to be treated and stop trying to modernize them. A zebra can’t change it’s stripes. It’s time for us to move on with our own evolution and “push” them aside, out of our way and be sure they don’t pose a threat to us. At the risk of upsetting moderators on this site, I’ll not give any of my suggestions on how to accomplish this goal, but it MUST be done. Modern civilization and the future of civil man kind depends on it.

rayvet on May 4, 2007 at 1:43 PM

I have information and links for a very informative and clean worded post regarding this topic. But it won’t show up probably because someone out there thinks all my posts need to be approved before posting. You know, goose step in line with the vision ’round here, and all that. So I won’t bother.

But suffice it to say, this event is bad, and may have actually been set up to give the impression we’re all being given… mmmmkay?

SilverStar830 on May 4, 2007 at 1:52 PM

I can’t figure out why this isn’t THE headline for every website and newspaper in the world. The link above is to ccn, but I don’t see ccn’s own link from the homepage.

Hold on, lemme check to see if it’s on the PBS homepage .. nope, not there .. how about npr? not there either ;-)

-Fat Old Guy

Fogpig on May 4, 2007 at 1:57 PM

i’d like to string these bastards up by the lack of genitalia they have

Defector01 on May 4, 2007 at 12:46 PM

And the USA would be internationally condemned.

jman on May 4, 2007 at 1:57 PM

But suffice it to say, this event is bad, and may have actually been set up to give the impression we’re all being given… mmmmkay?

SilverStar830 on May 4, 2007 at 1:52 PM

moonbat

Maxx on May 4, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Hate to be an “I told you so” But, I told you so.

THIS is why we don’t trust the Iraqis, why we don’t let them have their own government, why we don’t let anyone be armed and alive but U.S. soldiers.

The bombs were put in during construction. Couldn’t have been done quickly and/or by a sole individual. These are the alleged “allies” we’re helping to rebuild Iraq.

Disarm the desert trash, put our boot on their necks, and get on with the pacification of the middle east.

Hiraghm on May 4, 2007 at 1:58 PM

But suffice it to say, this event is bad, and may have actually been set up to give the impression we’re all being given… mmmmkay?

The only difference between this bomb and the others that go off everyday is that this one was repugnant enough that even the Islamist hestitated before setting it off long enough for the good guys to find it. Or are you saying all the other bombings are really being done by Halliburton too?

pedestrian on May 4, 2007 at 2:36 PM

moonbat

Maxx on May 4, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Hmm, you couldn’t be more mistaken. And one-word name calling is for the immature, weak, and mindless… like, actual moonbats.

Or are you saying all the other bombings are really being done by Halliburton too?

pedestrian on May 4, 2007 at 2:36 PM

I never mentioned Halliburton or any U.S. affiliated agency or governemnt. Gimme a break pal. There’s some new info, though, regarding the folks who “found” this potentially horrific set-up, and how they found it. I’m not going to waste my time or effort in typing it all up with the links just to have it not show up here. It’ll be in the news soon anyway probably.

Stay tuned.

SilverStar830 on May 4, 2007 at 2:44 PM

Murdering human beings while invoking your god(s) in the belief that this will please him is human sacrifice. Having our troops in Iraq is like trying to protect the locals from an Aztec invasion, only these savages seem to acknowledge fewer limitations on who can be sacrificed.

NellE on May 4, 2007 at 2:56 PM

There’s some new info, though, regarding the folks who “found” this potentially horrific set-up, and how they found it.

There’s nothing moonbat about suggesting that this is a propoganda ploy by some Iraqi group, that type of thing is expected from time to time. But the “goose step in line with the vision ’round here” stuff makes it seem like you are just off your medication.

pedestrian on May 4, 2007 at 3:01 PM

This story must be a mistake.

WE’RE the bad guys now remember? These poor terrorsits are just “freedom fightters” afterall.

Sorry, sometimes news like this brings out the sarcastic bastard in me especially when we face so many here and around the world who feel that going after terrorists is somehow a bad thing.

Yakko77 on May 4, 2007 at 3:12 PM

SilverStar830 on May 4, 2007 at 2:44 PM

I thought you were implying our troops planted the bombs.

Maxx on May 4, 2007 at 3:42 PM

One Man‘s Terrorist is another man‘s Freedom Fighter

Kini on May 4, 2007 at 3:55 PM

The religion of peace. How quaint.

csdeven on May 4, 2007 at 4:52 PM

The plot was uncovered Saturday, when troopers in the Salaheddin province found detonating wire across the street from the school. They picked up the wire and followed its trail, which led to the school.

Our troops are ABSOLUTE HEROES, ATTENTIVE OBSERVANT HEROES.

Thanks to all of them.

shooter on May 4, 2007 at 5:21 PM

The religion of peace. How quaint.

csdeven on May 4, 2007 at 4:52 PM

Yes, the religion of peace strikes again. When will the cowards who hold political office decry this sort of butchery and barbarism? Had this plot succeeded the Muslim mass murderers would have danced for joy.

Mojave Mark on May 4, 2007 at 7:21 PM

Hey, give these guys a break. They are “Freedom fighters” and “militants” expressing their resentment of capitalist imperialist oppression in the only way they “can”. Just read the MSM, they’ll tell you all about it.

Aylios on May 5, 2007 at 7:19 AM

The only difference between this bomb and the others that go off everyday is that this one was repugnant enough that even the Islamist hestitated before setting it off long enough for the good guys to find it. Or are you saying all the other bombings are really being done by Halliburton too?

pedestrian on May 4, 2007 at 2:36 PM

Lol, the islamists didn’t hesitate because it’s too horrifying (for them nothing is horrifying if it means atrocity in the name of allAAh), but because the school wasn’t yet occupied or if it was because it wasn’t the politically expedient moment to murder a school full of young girls. They were just waiting for the right moment, that’s all.

Aylios on May 5, 2007 at 7:23 AM

Math. 18

4″Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5″And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;

6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea

Editor on May 4, 2007 at 11:10 AM

Nice quote Editor and very appropriate. I’m not a religious guy but give me old (or new) testament over the Koran (handbook for evil psychopaths) anyday. We need to get that order for a few thousand millstones out.

Aylios on May 5, 2007 at 7:28 AM