to Investigate Jordan Embassy Blast in Baghdad
Aug 2003, 22:19 UTC
Agents with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation are joining
the probe of Thursday's deadly bomb blast outside the Jordanian
Embassy in Baghdad. The bombing killed 17 people and wounded
Coalition Provisional Authority chief Paul Bremer
says the FBI has been brought in to probe a powerful
car bomb explosion that took place Thursday outside
the Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad.
"There actually were some FBI agents already
in Iraq, who have begun working under the general
direction of the Iraqi police in this investigation," he
said. "The Iraqi police retain the authority
and jurisdiction in this matter. It is a crime
on Iraqi soil, and it therefore falls under the
Iraqi police to investigate and eventually the
Iraqi courts to prosecute anybody who is caught.
They have asked for the FBI's assistance in the
forensic analysis of the case."
Some coalition officials say the attack bears
the hallmarks of an al-Qaida-style terror group.
Mr. Bremer, who has been involved in counter-terrorism
for the past 20 years, said several groups are
suspected, including the terrorist group Ansar
al-Islam, which the United States accuses of
having links to al-Qaida.
"Among the terrorist groups we are concerned
about, Ansar al-Islam is certainly high on list," stressed
Mr. Bremer. "We have other terrorists in
this country, as we have found [in] our military
operations, our interrogations and our intelligence.
But it is also possible that some of the groups,
which have been responsible for attacks against
Coalition forces, some of the Fedayeen Saddam,
elements of the former intelligence services,
some of the Baathists who are not accepting the
new Iraq, it is possible some of them could have
conducted this kind of attack."
Meanwhile, a group of men who said they belonged
to previously unheard of Islamic groups claimed
responsibility for recent attacks on U.S. troops
in Baghdad. In a videotape broadcast on the al-Arabiya
satellite television channel, the masked men
called for further attacks, saying such assaults
are the only way to free the country of occupation.