Security further beefed up in Karbala; Al-Hakim flays Hilla slaughter
By: Ismail Zabeeh
HOLY KARBALA, Iraq: After the deadliest attacks on Husseini
mourners in Hillah, Karbala's governor Aqeel al-Khazalie said 10,000
policeman were deployed in the holy city marking Arbaeen Al-Husseini.
The head of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, Abdul
Aziz al-Hakim, condemned the Hillah bombings in a statement issued
Wednesday and called for more government security during the Arbaeen.
"We call on the security services of the central government and the
local authorities ... to chase the masterminds who carry out these
ugly crimes," al-Hakim said.
Al-Maliki issued a statement a day earlier, calling the Hillah
bombings an "ugly crime against unarmed citizens" that "would not pass
But some leaders have expressed anger at the government in the wake of
"The government bears some responsibility for this," complained a
parliament member, Bahaa al-Araji. "It has not provided enough
security to protect the pilgrims."
The commander of US troops in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, and U.S.
Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad issued a joint statement Wednesday
expressing "outrage at the cowardly and brutal acts of violence"
"This heinous and brutal act demonstrates the lengths to which
extremists will go in their attempts to terrorize devout Iraqi
people," the statement said. "But the terrorists will not prevail.
Make no mistake; Iraqi forces and their Coalition partners are
committed to the security and safety of all Iraqis," it said.
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