Iraqi security forces have discovered a factory that specialized in making car bombs and other improvised explosive devices in the western province of Anbar.
According to a report published by the Voices of Iraq news agency on Wednesday, the discovery near the district of al-Ratba in western Anbar was made following a tip-off from members of the public.
“The Iraqi police discovered two vehicles that were being prepared as car bombs, as well as detonation material. Ingredients to be used to produce or enhance explosives were also found,” General Bahaa al-Karkhi said.
Once dominated by militants, Anbar is now a bastion of tribal opposition against the terrorist network al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq are said to have formed an alliance with remnants of the deposed Baath Party, a move US and Iraqi officials describe as a marriage of convenience. Al-Qaeda in Iraq is believed to supply the bombers while the Baathist extremists provide the logistics and planning.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq was headed by the Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi until he was killed in a US air strike in June 2006. His successor, Masri, was Zarqawi’s close associate, and has a US bounty of $5 million on his head.
Iraqi and US officials blame al-Qaeda in Iraq for most of the major bombings in the country, including the attack on a Shia shrine in Samarra in February 2006 that sparked a wave of sectarian violence that nearly tipped Iraq into all-out civil war.
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