Iraqi Qaeda predicts more bloodshed

2010-11-05 19:08

Baghdad - Al-Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate said on Friday that it was behind this week's co-ordinated car bombings against Shi'ites in Baghdad that killed 64 people and it threatened more such attacks.

In a statement on the Al-Hanein jihadi website, the Islamic State of Iraq said Tuesday's attacks were to avenge "insults" against Aisha, the wife of Islam's Prophet Mohammed.

The "mujahedeen conducted a new campaign to avenge the mother of the believers and companions of the prophet after the Shi’ites had poured insults on her," the statement said.

Yasser al-Habeeb, a Kuwaiti Shi'ite living in Britain, in September made disparaging remarks about Aisha on television, calling her "an enemy of God."

Shi'ites disapprove of Aisha for leading a battle in 656 AD against Ali, the figurehead of the Shiite sect.

Al-Qaeda is made up of Sunni Muslims. It was a key player in the deadly inter-confessional violence that plagued Shi'ite majority Iraq in 2006 and 2007, but its influence has tapered off sharply in recent years.

Iraqi security officials said 12 booby-trapped vehicles and four other bombs in Shi'ite districts across Baghdad had all exploded within minutes in the attack.