Friday, March 03, 2006

Al Qaeda Plotting A "Big Bang' In Iraq?

CBS News is reporting on the latest terrorist threat in Iraq:

(CBS/AP) U.S. officials tell CBS News that intelligence has picked up reports that al Qaeda in Iraq is planning what one source calls the "Big Bang," a spectacular terrorist attack in Iraq against either a single high-profile target or multiple targets simultaneously.

Last week's mosque bombing in city of Samarra that brought Iraq to the brink of civil war was the work of terrorists, some U.S. officials have theorized. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi seems to be betting that another big bang would push the country over the brink, reports CBS News correspondent David Martin. The bomb in one of the holiest sites for Shiite Muslims set off violence all across the country that left hundreds dead.

The Iraqi government has banned all private vehicles in Baghdad during daylight hours Friday, the Muslim prayer day, just as it did last week. That kept car bombs, what the military cars vehicle-born improvised explosive devices, off the streets.

Many precautions are being taken to avoid such an event, but if any thing like this happens, I would hope that Iraqi officials would handle the fallout in the same way that they addressed the bombings last week.

Calm, patience, and cooperation are always the answer in outlasting and defeating the terrorists.