Iran and al-Qaida influences resurfaced in Iraq today as a suicide bomber in a truck killed 16 people in Sinjar, a town near the Syrian border. We learned last week that the truck bomb is the hallmark of al-Qaida. It had not been used with any regularity in Iraq, however, since August of last year when a series of truck bombs killed 500 people in Sinjar.
Coincidentally, this attack occurred during the month in which the fewest Ally fatalities had occurred. The pot needed stirring. Emphasizing the further coincidentalness of this event, AP says:
Meanwhile, Iraq's Shiite vice president discussed security cooperation with Iranian officials during a previously unannounced visit to Iran, the government said Thursday.
Although both governments are dominated by Shiites, relations have been strained since al-Maliki launched a crackdown on Shiite militias and opened talks with the United States on a long-term security pact.
U.S. officials have frequently accused Iran of jeopardizing peace in Iraq by supplying weapons to anti-U.S. Shiite militias. Iran denies the allegation.
So basically, this truck bomb blew up and Iraq marched over to Iran, knocked on their door, and said, "What the hell?! Knock it off!"
One time when I was a kid, my friend took my toy away and I said, "Stop that or I won't be your friend anymore!"
Also, in reference to my last post musing over who might be in bed with Iran, Syria has announced its candidacy.