2004-06-25

Irakischer Bombenterror: Einzelf�lle oder Fl�chenbrand?

--- Kurz vor der symbolischen �bergabe der Regierungsgewalt im Irak ersch�tterte gestern eine Attentatswelle das Zweistromland. �ber 105 Menschen wurden bei Terroranschl�gen in St�dten wie Faludscha, Mossul oder Bagdad get�tet. Die New York Times zitiert den irakischen �bergangspremier Ijad Allawi, den der Economist diese Woche mit einem spitzb�bischen Foto aufs Titelblatt gehoben hat, mit markigen Worten: "We were expecting such an escalation, and we will witness more in the next few weeks," said Iraq's prime minister, Iyad Allawi, whom terrorists have threatened to assassinate. "We will deal with it and crush it." Laut Agenturmeldungen sprach Allawi zudem davon, es handle sich um "vereinzelte Zwischenf�lle", was die Times lieber doch weg lie�. Denn es ist kaum zu �bersehen, dass die Bombenanschl�ge koordiniert durchgef�hrt werden und nach eigenen Bezichtigungen auf das Konto des mythenumwobenen jordanischen Terroristenf�hrers Abu Mussab al-Sarkawi gehen. Es ist also eher von einem Fl�chenbrand auszugehen. F�r die Blogger von DailyKos haben sich so die Behauptungen der US-Regierung, es habe eine enge Verbindung zwischen Irak unter Saddam Hussein und der al-Qaida gegeben, im Nachhinein zumindest erf�llt: The Bush administration claimed all along that Al Qaeda and Saddam had strong ties when they didn't, but thanks to our invasion of Iraq, ties have probably been created between Al Qaeda and remnants of Saddam's forces. �Now, however, those fighters who may have at one time been fighting for a secular Baathist regime are now affiliated with Al Qaeda and fighting against the forces being created for the nascent pluralistic, if not exactly secular, regime we're trying to install in Iraq. �For the first time, the Al Qaeda-alligned forces have moved beyond car bombs and roadside "improvised explosive devices" and into full-fledged street-fighting. And as a U.S. military officer observed, "It's the first time that they've had this level of coordination."

Derweil berichtet die New York Times nun ironischerweise anhand von ihr zugespielten Dokumenten, dass bin Laden tats�chlich einst um Hilfe beim Dikator in Bagdad angefragt habe -- gegen das saudische K�nigshaus aber, nicht gegen die USA: Contacts between Iraqi intelligence agents and Osama bin Laden when he was in Sudan in the mid-1990's were part of a broad effort by Baghdad to work with organizations opposing the Saudi ruling family, according to a newly disclosed document obtained by the Americans in Iraq. American officials described the document as an internal report by the Iraqi intelligence service detailing efforts to seek cooperation with several Saudi opposition groups, including Mr. bin Laden's organization, before Al Qaeda had become a full-fledged terrorist organization. He was based in Sudan from 1992 to 1996, when that country forced him to leave and he took refuge in Afghanistan. The document states that Iraq agreed to rebroadcast anti-Saudi propaganda, and that a request from Mr. bin Laden to begin joint operations against foreign forces in Saudi Arabia went unanswered. There is no further indication of collaboration. Die spin doctors Buhs k�nnen nun also weiter �ber die "engen Verbindungen" zwischen bin Laden und Saddam Hussein spekulieren, auch wenn sich die These vom vermeintliche Terrorherd Irak mit den Dokumenten keineswegs belegen l�sst.