Black Sunday in Iraq (Juan Cole)
So far, the "insurgents" have not succeeded in detonating a full-scale civil war--primarily because the mainstream Shiite religious and political leadership have made frantic efforts to prevent it. However, since their attack on a major Shiite shrine in Samarra several weeks ago, which provoked a big upsurge in sectarian violence, it is beginning to look more likely that they may push Iraq over the brink. Meanwhile, they have continued bombing people as well as shrines.
Juan Cole - Informed Comment
Monday, March 13, 2006
80 Killed, over 200 Wounded in Black Sunday
Dawn estimates that mortar attacks and bombings in Iraq killed 80 persons on Sunday. Other sources suggest the number of wounded may exceed 200. Some 52 of the dead were killed by carbombings at markets in Shiite Sadr City, east Baghdad. The violence is aimed at provoking sectarian warfare, in hopes it would force the US out and pave the way for a coup by the guerrillas.Courtesy KarbalaNews.net.