Muqtada As-Sadr Accuses US Of Being Behind Baghdad Bombings

Jul 20, 2005

By Muhammad Abu Nasr, Free Arab Voice; Edited For Publication By JUS

Muqtada as-Sadr's movement has accused the US of being behind the “massacre” in Baghdad in al-Jadidah and al-Musayyib districts that left large numbers of children and civilians dead, in a statement issued by As-Sadr's office on Tuesday.

The Office of the Martyr as-Sadr, the movement headed by Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, issued a statement on Tuesday in which it accused the US occupation forces and their stooges of being behind the “massacre” in Baghdad al-Jadidah that took place on Wednesday, 13 July, in which 32 Iraqi children were killed, and the bombing at a fuel station that killed dozens more civilians in al-Musayyib on Saturday, 16 July.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the statement issued at midday Tuesday by the as-Sadr office said:

“Regarding the massacre that occurred in the Baghdad al-Jadidah area in the eastern part of the capital Baghdad last Wednesday in which a bombing took the lives of 32 Iraqi children, involved in it were the hands of the American occupation and its collaborators who then accused what the occupation and its stooges called ‘terrorists’ of being responsible. We confirm that the American occupation in Iraq and its collaborators are the real killers of the Iraqi children and civilians in al-Musayyib and in Baghdad in the last few days.”

The statement went on:

“The occupation’s aim in this is to destabilize the security situation to provide itself with an excuse and justification for continuing to storm cities, killing and driving people out of their homes and destroying their infrastructures, all in order to prolong the period of their presence on Iraqi soil.”

The website Mafkarat al-Islam already published a report on Saturday in which witnesses indicated that the US occupation forces were directly responsible for the Baghdad al-Jadidah bombing. In addition, the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [Scholars], the highest Sunni religious authority in occupied Iraq accused the US of being responsible for the attack, as did the Shi‘i al-Khalisi movement and a number of Iraqi politicians opposed to the occupation, following statements from the Iraqi Resistance saying that they had nothing to do with the attack and condemning the bombing.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that opponents of the occupation regard the Tuesday statement by Muqtada as-Sadr’s movement as being a major factor in heading off efforts by the occupation and its supporters to spark sectarian warfare within Iraq in keeping with plans by the occupation to “divide and rule.”