TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Fatal goof reveals terror camp

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, 6:39 p.m.
 

BAGHDAD — An instructor teaching his terror recruits how to make car bombs accidentally set off explosives in his demonstration on Monday, killing 21 of them in a huge blast.

It alerted authorities to the existence of the rural training camp in an orchard north of Baghdad. Almost two dozen people were arrested, including wounded terrorists trying to hobble away from the scene.

The incident by the al-Qaida breakaway group that dominates the Sunni insurgency in Iraq happened on the same day that the speaker of the Iraqi parliament, a prominent Sunni whom the militants consider a traitor, escaped unhurt from a roadside bomb attack on his motorcade in the northern city of Mosul.

Nevertheless, the events underscored the determination of the insurgents to rebuild and regain the strength they enjoyed in Iraq at the height of the war until U.S.-backed Sunni tribesmen turned against them. The terrorists are battling for control of mainly Sunni areas of western Iraq in a key test of the Shiite-led government's ability to maintain security more than two years since the withdrawal of American troops.

While the Iraqi army has been attacking insurgent training camps in the desert of western Anbar province near the Syrian border, it is unusual to find such a camp in the center of the country, 60 miles north of the capital.

The discovery shows that “the terrorist groups have made a strong comeback in Iraq and that the security problems are far from over, and things are heading from bad to worse,” said Hamid al-Mutlaq, a member of the parliament's security and defense committee.

The militants belonged to a network known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an extremist group that recently broke with al-Qaida.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Shiia militias in Iraq say they have assurances U.S. will stop strikes
  2. Co-pilot in Germanwings Alps crash treated for suicidal tendencies
  3. Antarctica yields life in extremest of conditions, so what about on another planet?
  4. Iran blames U.S. drone for killing military advisers in Iraq
  5. Leaders wary of vote-rigging in Nigeria
  6. ‘Substantial’ roadblocks remain as nuclear talks with Iran go down to wire
  7. Airstrike hits aid camp for displaced in Yemen, kills dozens
  8. Airstrikes intensify in Yemen as Egypt, Saudis consider ground forces
  9. Saudi-led attacks seen as escalating violence in Yemen
  10. Nigerian President Jonathan urges peaceful vote as elections loom
  11. Germanwings flight co-pilot Lubitz worried about job security, officials say