Friday, November 30, 2007

Sunni Leader's Son Arrested For Car Bomb

By Cernig

Keep watching, there'll be reconcilliation any time now.
Iraqi troops arrested the son of a leading Sunni politician and dozens of his associates after a car bomb was discovered near his compound and keys to the vehicle were found on one of his bodyguards, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Friday.

Five U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi civilian were injured when they detonated the car bomb near the compound of Adnan al-Dulaimi, leader of the biggest Sunni bloc in parliament, the U.S. military said.

The arrests threaten to inflame sectarian tensions at a time when U.S. officials are pushing Iraqi politicians to take advantage of a decline in violence to forge power-sharing agreements among Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.

Al-Dulaimi's bloc, the Iraqi Accordance Front, accused Shiite-dominated security forces of ``creating and marketing this crisis'' to undermine U.S. efforts to organize Sunni tribes against al-Qaida.

...A U.S. statement said the incident unfolded Thursday night after American and Iraqi soldiers went to investigate the slaying of a member of a U.S.-backed volunteer security force about a block from al-Dulaimi's compound in the Adil district of west Baghdad.

Two suspects were seen entering the compound, the U.S. said. American and Iraqi authorities detained eight of al-Dulaimi's security guards.

As security forces swarmed around the area, they discovered a rigged car bomb on the street outside al-Dulaimi's compound. One of the eight security guards had the keys to the vehicle in his pocket, the U.S. said.

Hours later, Iraqi security forces raided al-Dulaimi's house, arresting his son Maki Adnan al-Dulaimi and about 30 other people, Iraqi officials said.

Iraqi security forces surrounded the house, a move the U.S. said was for the elder al-Dulaimi's personal safety. Al-Dulaimi complained that he was under virtual house arrest.
No really, it will - just watch...ummm...

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