Eating their own
January 5, 2006
PRESS RELEASE # 6-002 CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq–A suicide bomb exploded at 10:55 a.m. near the Ramadi Glass and Ceramics Works where screening for Iraqi Police Officers was taking place.
The extent of the casualties is not known at this time; however, initial reports indicate the suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest targeted the applicants. The four-day Iraqi Police recruitment and screening drive in Ramadi started Jan. 2 and has produced 600 qualified applicants during the first three days of screening. At 10:30 a.m. approximately 1,000 prospective candidates were waiting in line to apply for a position for the new Iraqi Police Force currently being reconstituted in Al Anbar. Those candidates selected will attend 10 weeks of Basic Iraqi Police Training in Baghdad before returning to Ramadi to police its streets. The applicants must be between the ages of 20 to 35 years of age and successfully complete the screening requirements established by the Minister of the Interior, who governs the Iraqi Police Force.
Negotiations have been in progress to form a coalition government of all parties in Iraq. While the details are still unavailable, the fact that this attack took place in Ramadi suggests it's an attempt to keep Sunnis from going into the police force. The number of casualties are unknown as of this posting. However, the good news is that the device wasn't a car bomb and is therefore probably sub ten kilos. The bad news is that the bomber may have been in an applicant line.
A carbomb has gone off at a Shi'ite shrine in Kerbala, according to the The Guardian. Kerbala's governor "Saddamists" and extremist Sunnis.