Following last Wednesday’s attack on the Askariya shrine in Samarra, at least thirteen Sunni mosques came under fire. Despite the attacks, Iraq has avoided a surge in violence that followed the first bombing of the Shia shrine last year. A spokesman for Al Sadr expressed the belief that US forces played a part:
A top Iraqi politician warned Wednesday that the insurgents’ latest attack on the holy Askariya shrine in Samarra was aimed at disintegrating Iraq.Al-Sadr movement’s spokesman, Sheikh Salah al-Obeidi, told Alalam that “this is what the occupiers brought to Iraq: a disintegration plot and fanning the flames of sectarian violence.”
Insurgents fired a barrage of rockets into the Baghdad Green Zone, hitting a street Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte had visited just minutes before. It appears that they were targeting Negroponte for good reason.
The US Deputy Secretary of State reportedly planned the attack on the holy Shia shrines in Samarra to help topple the Iraqi government.
According to an informed source John Negroponte plotted the attack during an unannounced trip to Iraq on June 12 in order to fuel insecurity and sectarian violence in the country.
Negroponte’s motive was to overthrow Iraq’s legitimate government, the same source added.
Negroponte, who was a staunch supporter of right-wing death squads in Central America during the 1980s, held several informal meetings with Iraqi officials prior to the June 13 terrorist attack on the revered Shia shrines in Samarra, the source said.
Ever since the attack last year, suspicions have been rife that it was the work of occupation forces, in that case, to create sectarian conflict.
During his meetings, Negroponte reportedly strongly cautioned that the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki must change.
Negroponte also asked several Iraqi officials, including Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi, to resign- a move the source said was aimed at paving the way for al-Maliki’s government to eventually ‘topple’.
Being an Iranian source, this should be considered with caution, but if there is any truth to this, then surely this proves there is no end to what Washington is prepared to do to occupy and control Iraq.