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February 22, 2006 - MidEastWire.com Daily Iraq Monitor

February 22, 2006


Iraqi Shi'i leader Muqtada al-Sadr held what he termed the Takfiris [those who regard other Muslims as infidels], the Ba'thists, and the foreign occupation responsible for the bombing attack on [the shrine of Imams Ali al-Hadi and Hasan al-Askari]. Al-Sadr, who suspended his visit to Lebanon, called on the Iraqi parliament to vote on the request for the departure of the occupation forces from Iraq.

[Al-Sadr - recording] It was not the Sunnis who attacked the shrine of Imam Al-Hadi, God's peace be upon him, but rather the occupation; the Takfiris, Al-Nawasib [a derogatory term Shi'is use to refer to Sunnis], God damn them; and the Ba'thists. We should not attack Sunni mosques. I ordered Al-Mahdi Army to protect the Shi'i and Sunni shrines and to show a high sense of responsibility, something they actually did.


At 1400 gmt on 21 February 21, Al-Sharqiyah reported that six Iraqis were wounded when a mortar shell landed in a residential area in Al-Sadr city, eastern Baghdad. It cited an Iraqi police source as saying that the source of the shell was unknown.

Within the same bulletin, the TV reported that US troops opened fire on a Baghdad family after "unintentionally" taking a street leading to a US position in Samarra. The correspondent quoted Samarra Hospital sources as saying that three children aged three, eight and ten, were wounded, one seriously.

Within the same bulletin, Al-Sharqiyah reported that three Iraqi policemen were wounded when a road-side bomb went off near their patrol in Ba'qubah.

It also reported that a citizen was killed and two others were wounded when gunmen attacked and seriously wounded a judge in Ba'qubah.

In the same bulletin, Al-Sharqiyah reported that four Iraqi soldiers were seriously wounded when a bomb exploded near a joint US-Iraqi patrol in Kirkuk. It further reported that a bomb exploded near a minibus carrying workers in Baghdad.

At 1912 gmt, Al-Sharqiyah reported that Sa'ad al-Janabi, a journalist and a member of the Iraqi National Dialogue Council (INDC) was assassinated by "elements wearing Interior Ministry uniform." According to INDC sources, Al-Sharqiyah added, Al-Janabi was kidnapped two days ago in western Baghdad after being stopped at a checkpoint. - Abrar, Iran



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