Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Amman Bombings: More Holes in the Official Story

Global Research Feature Article

The Al-Zarqawi 11/9 Amman Bombings: More Holes in the Official Story


by Michel Chossudovsky
November 15, 2005
GlobalResearch.ca

The "Al Qaeda in Iraq" website which allegedly claimed responsibility for the Amman bombings, states that the attacks were directed against Israelis, members of Western intelligence agencies and their Shiite accomplices:

"[the hotels are] a backyard for the enemies of religion, the Jews and Crusaders, and a dirty hideout for the nation's apostate traitors, as well as a safe haven for the intelligence services of the infidels, where they plot their conspiracies against Muslims."

According to The New York Times (10 Nov)

"The group's statement said the hotels had been attacked because they were favored locations for Western and Israeli intelligence agencies and were used as ''backdoor safe houses'' for the Shiite -dominated Iraqi government."

The attacks were said to be in response to "the conspiracy against the Sunnis whose blood and honour were shed by Crusaders and the Shiites." (quoted in The Statesman, India, 12 November 2005)

Upon reviewing the list of the 57 victims, however, we can confirm that:

1) There was not a single Israeli casualty. According to Haaretz and The Los Angeles Times, the Israelis had been evacuated prior to the blast. (see our earlier report on foreknowledge of the attacks)

2) With regard to the "Western and Israeli intelligence agencies", there were no reported Israeli or US intelligence officials among the victims. In fact quite the opposite: two senior Palestinian intelligence officials were killed in the blast including Maj.-Gen. Bashir Nafeh, head of the Palestinian Authority's military intelligence and Col. Abed Allun, a high-ranking Preventive Security forces official. Both men were firm opponents of the US led war in Iraq.

3) Zarqawi is a Sunni. Al Qaeda in Iraq is described by the Western media as waging terrorist attacks against Shiites, with a view to creating divisions between Sunnis and Shiites. In the words of the NYT (11 November 2005)

If there has been evidence of disagreement between Mr. Zarqawi and the Qaeda leadership, it has been over the question of whether it is appropriate for the Sunni Arab-led movement to carry out attacks on Iraqi Shiites.

In his 2004 letter, Mr. Zarqawi recommended the tactic as a device to incite Sunni- Shiite tensions that might help to broaden the militants' appeal among Sunnis. A letter that American forces in Iraq attributed to Mr. bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, warned that such a tactic might undermine broader Islamic support for the jihadist movement.

But the attacks did not target Shiites, who are allegedly considered by Al Zarqawi as "heretics". The vast majority of the 57 victims of the blasts were Sunni Muslims.

*************

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre for Research on Globalization.

To become a Member of Global Research

The Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) at www.globalresearch.ca grants permission to cross-post original Global Research articles in their entirety, or any portions thereof, on community internet sites, as long as the text & title are not modified. The source must be acknowledged and an active URL hyperlink address to the original CRG article must be indicated. The author's copyright note must be displayed. For publication of Global Research articles in print or other forms including commercial internet sites, contact: crgeditor@yahoo.com

To express your opinion on this article, join the discussion at Global Research's News and Discussion Forum

For media inquiries: crgeditor@yahoo.com

© Copyright Michel Chossudovsky, GlobalResearch.ca, 2005

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 


Dunne Speaks: Aspirations Are All Very Well, But It's Getting It Right That Counts
In a weekend television interview, the Prime Minister pushed back on a suggestion her government is far better at talking about things than achieving them. She countered that “I would not ever change the fact that we have always throughout been highly aspirational…what you’re asking me essentially is to shy away from aspiration”... More>>


Gilding The Cage Of Suburbia: Farewelling Neighbours
The statistics of Australia’s longest running drama series about sickeningly idyllic suburbia will interest soap show boffins. It lasted 5,955 episodes over 37 seasons, starting in 1985. Its anaemically thin plotlines, subpar acting, and emphasis on ideals bound to cause indigestion, did not prevent Neighbours from being mandatory viewing. Neighbours was, especially for British audiences, fetish and cult, shrine and devotion... More>>


Chaff Candidates: The Race For The UK Tory Leadership

As UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set the scene in spectacular fashion. All who sought to confine him to history, perished. He was the only one who seemed to survive, and reject, one diabolical scandal after the next – till now... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: The Fuss About Monkeypox
The World Health Organization has been one of the easier bodies to abuse. For parochial types, populist moaners and critics of international institutions, the WHO bore the brunt of criticisms from Donald Trump to Jair Bolsonaro. Being a key institution in identifying public health risks, it took time assessing the threat posed by SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, COVID-19... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Time For MPs To Think For Themselves
One of the more frequently quoted statements of the Irish statesman and philosopher, Edmund Burke, was his observation that “Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement, and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”... More>>



Keith Rankin: Latest Covid19 Death Demographics In New Zealand

This morning, on Morning Report (RNZ) Monash University epidemiologist Tony Blakely noted that Covid19 death rates in New Zealand are 20% higher in New Zealand than in Victoria, Australia. He also noted that facemask use is significantly more widespread in New Zealand... More>>