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.