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Friday, November 18, 2005

Hamra bombing retaliation against Interior Ministry torture

Today two suicide car-bombs will detonate next to the Hamra Hotel, killing 17. Western press will quote U.S. Brig. Gen. Karl Horst telling reporters "I think the target was the Hamra Hotel" where Western news organisations are held, and Maj. Gen. Hussein Kamal saying that the target was not the Interior Ministry next-door. However non-Western press will note that there are conflicting reports about the intended target, and will remind readers about torture committed at the Interior Ministry as possible motive.

In January, Abu Musab al-Zarqawis organization, Al Qaeda in Iraq, will claim responsibility for the attack in a video. According to those who have watched video in Arabic

Why attack the compound? The video claims it was in retaliation for the torture of Sunnis at the hands of the Shiite-led Ministry of Interior as well as for the deaths of Iraqi officers by Americans interrogators. They also saw the compound as a den of foreign intelligence, the Badr Brigade and housing for Kurdish pesh merga and Western security companies.

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