Baghdad Operations Command presented statements by six suspects on Sunday (October 10th) who confessed to being al-Qaeda members responsible for carrying out terrorist attacks in Baghdad.
Baghdad Operations Command spokesperson Maj. Gen. Qassim Atta said the suspects were responsible for bombings against the Investment Bank in al-Mansour neighbourhood on June 20th, al-Arabiya's office in al-Harethiya neighbourhood on July 26th, al-Rasafa operations command in Bab al-Muazam on September 5th, and the headquarters of AsiaCell in al-Mansour neighbourhood and the National Security office at Eden square in al-Kadhumiya on September 19th.
The suspects also confessed to carrying out attacks against foreign embassies in Baghdad on April 4th, in which 191 people were killed and wounded.
Security forces arrested the six suspects in September:
• Sinan Abd Hammoud al-Janabi, 29, also known as Abu Suhaib, who served as the "emir" of a group involved in car bombs, was arrested in al-Baya area in Baghdad.
• Abdullah Salih Ahmed Fayyadh al-Janabi, 26, who rigged cars to explode, was arrested in al-Jihad neighbourhood.
• Sami Ali Hussain Bati, 18, who served as a member of another car bomb squad, was arrested in Jessir Diyala area.
• Thaer Aziz Watban, 45, who owned a bomb-making workshop, was arrested in Zayouna neighbourhood in Baghdad.
• Sattar Abdullah Nezal al-Zubaidi, 28, supervised car-bomb workshops. He was arrested in the Jessir Diyala area.
• Raheem Hasan Jawad al-Massoudi, 34 owned a shop for rigging cars and was arrested at al-Jihad neighbourhood.
The terrorists reportedly used chemicals sold openly in public Iraqi markets to manufacture the bombs. According to Atta, some of these materials are used in agriculture and animal fertilizers.
In the videotaped confessions, which aired on Iraqi TV, Sinan Abd Hammoud al-Janabi said he personally participated in preparing the suicide attacks against the foreign embassies in Baghdad.
"My role was to connect the electrical circuitry in the car after fitting it with explosives. I would then train the suicide bomber on how to blow up the car when it reached its target," he said.
Abdullah Salih Ahmed Fayadh al-Janabi confessed to helping prepare the explosives used in the suicide attack that targeted al-Arabiya's office in Baghdad.
"I belong to the Islamic State of Iraq that is part of al-Qaeda in Iraq. I worked in the bomb-making division. I planted explosives in a small sedan to target the office of al-Arabiya television channel," al-Janabi said during his confession.
Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Askari, spokesperson for the Iraqi Ministry of Defence, said that "the confessions have given Iraqi forces security information about terrorist plots that the Iraqi Ministry of Defense will work to thwart in co-operation with other ministries."
Al-Askari said the Ministry of Defence has formed a co-ordination room with the ministries of interior, transport, national security, intelligence, and other ministries and agencies to establish a new comprehensive intelligence plan to thwart terrorist plots.
"This stage is witnessing high co-ordination between the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defence," al-Askari said. "This has led to impressive security achievements. There are also major surprises that the security forces will announce in the upcoming period."
Lt. Col. Kareem Raheem of the Iraqi Army's 6th Division told Mawtani that "this cannot be considered an achievement for the Iraqi forces only, but it is also an effort on the part of citizens who provided important information that helped in arresting killers, thwarting attacks, and sparing the blood of innocent people."