Supreme Council Denounces Terrorism
In his sermon in Najaf for the Eid al-Adha, Sadr al-Din al-Qubanji of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) said that terrorism must be exterminated from Iraq, referring to the massive bombings in Irbil. “With regard to security in Iraq, we must battle and eliminate terrorism in order to put an end to the tragedies that it causes for our people.” He said the fight against terrorism had to be “the most important demand” of the Shiites from the Coalition, along with maintenance of the unity of the country and “hastening the process of transferring sovereignty” to an independent Iraqi government.
SCIRI itself lost its leader, Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim, to a massive bombing in Najaf on August 29, which also killed about 80 others.
The irony here must be mentioned. SCIRI, while based in Tehran as an exile political group in 1982-2003, carried out large numbers of bombings and other attacks on Baathist facilities and personnel in Iraq, which the former regime termed terrorism. (AFP/ al-Sharq al-Awsat).