baghdad market bombing may have been iraq's fault

  1. Just coming across the wire...
    LONDON-Saddam Hussein has fired his commander of air defenses as U.S.-led forces claimed control of 95 percent of Iraq's sky, the British government said Saturday.

    Briefing reporters on condition of anonymity, Prime Minister Tony Blair's official spokesman said Saddam had sacked his cousin, Musahim Saab al-Tikriti, and replaced him with Gen. Shahin Yasin Muhammad al-Tikriti.

    The spokesman also said new, unspecified intelligence indicated that U.S. and British bombing may not have been to blame for explosions in two marketplaces in Baghdad this week.

    He stopped short, however, of saying that Iraqi missiles were responsible for the explosions, which reportedly killed scores of civilians.

    According to Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed Sahhaf, 58 people were killed -- and many others wounded -- in the explosion at the Al-Nasr market Friday evening. Iraqi officials have also blamed U.S. forces for an explosion at another market that killed 14 people on Wednesday.

    The Blair spokesman said many Iraqi surface-to-air missiles "have been malfunctioning and many have failed to hit their targets and have fallen back onto Baghdad before exploding."

    He said the Iraqi regime had ordered civil defense workers to remove Iraqi missile fragments which fell on residential areas before Western journalists arrived on the scene.

    "We are not saying definitively that these explosions were caused by Iraqi missiles. But people should approach this with due skepticism," he added.

    The U.S. Central Command in Qatar, which has denied that coalition forces target civilian neighborhoods, has said it was looking into the incidents.,2933,82563,00.html
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    "We are at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp
    to the stars, and it has been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history
    will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its
    happening." --Ronald Reagan
    To what was President Reagan referring?
  4. by   Mkue
    I've heard this report also. I wonder if al-jazeera will report the truth. In any event it is a sad accident, and was kind of astonished that SH took responsibility and fired his cousin. Iraqi Bomb fragments would have been discovered in time.
  5. by   natsfanrn
    Originally posted by spacenurse
    [BTo what was President Reagan referring? [/B]
    He wrote that back in the mid-60s, but thought it was still applicable to modern day. To go even further back....