Were Irbil Bombings Revenge For Capture

Were the Irbil Bombings Revenge for the Capture of Hasan Ghul of al-Qaeda?

The London daily al-Hayat raised the question today of whether Sunday’s twin bombings of Kurdish party headquarters in Irbil (in which the death toll has risen to 67) were in revenge for the Kurdish role in capturing “Hasan Ghul,” said to be an Egyptian courier for al-Qaeda mastermind Khalid Shaikh Muhammad. It seems to me that to any extent a small al-Qaeda contingent is operating in Iraq, though, the goal is to destabilize the country and punish allies of the US, so the bombings might well have taken place even without Ghul’s capture.

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