Big bombs in Mosul and in Karma, al-Anbar.
Al-Hayat reports in Arabic that the Sunni Arab guerrilla movement against the US and the Iraqi government has regrouped and reorganized, and is effectively lashing out again. Al-Hayat calls the guerrillas ‘al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia,’ but we don’t in fact know who exactly carried out the massive bombings of Thursday and the days before that. In Mosul, it could be remnants of the Baath Party or Sunni Arab nationalists who are ex-Baathists.
The bombing in Karma was carried out by a man dressed in a police uniform, and it killed more than 20 persons. Among them were the head of the Karma tribal council. Three policemen were killed. About 20 persons were wounded.
More on the goings-on in Iraq on Thursday:
At Informed Comment: Global Affairs, see Howard Eissenstat’s essay on the building crisis between secularists and political Islam lite in Turkey.