Some more info from the NYT on the bombing of the Golden Mosque:
“A caretaker at the shrine described what happened on the day of the attack, insisting on anonymity because he was afraid that talking to an American could get him killed. The general outline of his account was confirmed by American and Iraqi officials.Like the World Trade Center attacks, this violence was carefully planned and targetted to deliver a deep and resounding political change. A "catastrophic and catalyzing event". Just the sort of Machiavellian tactic the neocons have long professed.
The night before the explosion, he said, just before the 8 p.m. curfew on Feb. 21, 2006, on the Western calendar, men dressed in commando uniforms like those issued by the Interior Ministry entered the shrine.
The caretaker said he had been beaten, tied up and locked in a room.
Throughout the night, he said, he could hear the sound of drilling as the attackers positioned the explosives, apparently in such a way as to inflict maximum damage on the dome”.
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