Iraqi Suicide Bomber Accidentally Kills Self, and Suicide Bomber Trainees, With Own Bomb

isisIs it bad that I found this kind of funny?  Not like “laugh out loud” funny (because the loss of life is never a funny thing) but just funny in the sense of irony and some form of poetic justice.

Though reports are a bit conflicting as to exactly what kind of bomb was accidentally detonated, it is confirmed that a commander of an Iraqi Militant group who was well-known for being a leading recruiter and trainer of suicide bombers was killed along with around 22 other militants, when one of their own bombs accidentally went off.

The NY Times reported that the commander and his trainees were killed when the commander “unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives.”

Another 15 militants were wounded in the explosion.

The BBC reported that it was actually a car bomb that inadvertently exploded as it was being taken from the militant compound to the target destination.  They also report that only 21 were killed with 12 wounded.

So, while both reports are somewhat different, it’s safe to say that around 21-22 Iraqi militants, and their commander, were killed by their own bomb.  With several others being arrested as they tried to flee the scene of the explosion.

The militants were apparently part of a group of mostly Sunnis called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or ISIS), which is fighting the Shiite-dominated army of the Iraqi government.

An Iraqi Army officer on location didn’t identify the commander killed by name, but did confirm that he was a prolific recruiter who was “able to kill the bad guys for once.”

And while this story is a bit humorous in an ironic sort of way, it does highlight the very real problem of escalating violence in Iraq.

It’s times like these that I think back on the “Mission Accomplished” moment in George W. Bush’s presidency and just get a sick feeling in my stomach.  To think about how small-minded and ignorant everyone leading the charge for the Iraq War was at that time is astonishing to me.

It’s 2014 and Iraq is still a mess.  A mess that seems to only be getting worse at times.  But I guess that’s to be expected when you go in forcibly and tell people of another country what they should or shouldn’t have as a form of government.

A form of government that, quite frankly, isn’t for every part of the world.

But at least with this accident, there are now 22 less militants in Iraq with the ability to kill innocent people.

Which, I’ll admit (even though I’m sure some will have a problem with me saying so) is slightly funny in an ironic sense.  But let’s not forget that this highlights the fact that there are real tragedies continuing to go on every single day in Iraq.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Aanna1123

    Oh, now this is roll on the floor laughing news!

  • Phil the observer

    Allen, it is indeed Laugh out Loud, side slap, roll around funny!!! I can’t help it and I don’t care; anytime a group of suicide bombers get’s eliminated in IED 101, I am a happier man. Karma just SUCKS sometimes guys

  • Phil the observer

    FYI, I am a veteran of VN, and don’t think that killing for no reason is ever Funny or Justified, on the other hand, this does really play into who and why we are fighting.

  • Pipercat

    One, two, five… Three sir, uh thr…. BOOM!

  • thomasbone63

    This was a good thing. Score one against the devil.

  • TakenForGranite

    Obviously the will of Allah

  • white trash religious teaparty

    72 virgins,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and they all look like rosie odonnell ( unless they are virgin MALES!!) stupid scumbag religious trash

    • Pipercat


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      It’s 72 Virginians man…

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        For you CE, they’re virgin SHEEP.

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      • Charles Vincent

        BWahahahahahahahaah guffaw…

  • Stephen Barlow

    Jeff fuh fuh … Dun HAM!!!!! in real ife!

    YES it’s friggin’ funny as hell!!!!

  • Stephen Barlow

    Surely a LOT funnier than “Time some traffic problems in Ft. Lee.”

  • Charles Vincent

    Shades of Akmed “Premature detonation…….”

  • Matthew Reece

    Hoist by his own petard…

    • white trash religious teaparty

      did U read ” superior persons book of words”? that’s in there 🙂
      grrrrrrrreat book!

  • Don

    Just desserts, for using religion to justify your murderous acts.

  • freethinker666

    You just can’t get good help these days.

  • real_world_truth

    Oh. My. Gods. 21 or 22 ‘not so smart bombs’ at one time. I would say this goes far beyond cruel irony into the realm of farce. Are we sure this wasn’t a Saturday Night Live skit? Akmed, The Dead Terrorist having a bad day at work maybe? I truly cannot help but laugh.

  • shutdafrtdoor

    That’s AWESOME!!!