Car Bombs in Shia South Kill Many
Bill Roggio looks at the apparently coordinated car bomb attacks in Iraq's Shi'ite south. Nobody knows who did it or why yet. But the perpetrators of past attacks are better known.
The Special Groups recently attacked Shia civilians, using the same tactics as al Qaeda in Iraq. On November 24, the Special Groups bombed a busy pet market in Baghdad. The Special Groups used a "ball-bearing laden bomb" to simulate an al Qaeda in Iraq attack in order to increase Shia dependency on militias, Iraqi and US forces learned after capturing members of the network behind the attack.
"Based on subsequent confessions, forensics and other intelligence, the bombing was the work of an Iranian-backed special group cell operating here in Baghdad," Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, the Deputy Spokesman for Multinational Corps Iraq said in a press briefing on November 25. "The group’s purpose was to make it appear al-Qaeda in Iraq was responsible for the attack. Despite killing innocent Shia and Sunni, the special groups aim was to demonstrate to Baghdadis the need for militia groups to continue providing for their security."
In some crazy way car bombings are marketing campaigns by terrorist organizations in order to convince people they must affiliate with insurgent groups to survive. Terrorism, despite it's fancy name, is just a political term for the more familiar extortion and intimidation rackets of criminals.
The blasts are a reminder that the insurgents, though beaten down, are not beaten. It's also a timely reminder that the regime in Teheran is limited by what it can do that is to say by capability, rather than limited by any inherent moral compass. Asks yourself: if they could get a hold of a nuclear weapon would they?