Published: Sunday, February 25, 2007
BAGHDAD, Iraq - During what turned out to be the last Friday prayer he led, Imam Mohammad al-Marawi urged worshipers at a Sunni mosque in the western city of Habbaniyah to stand firmly against al-Qaeda in Iraq, a Sunni insurgent group that has a strong following in the area.
``A bunch of corrupted individuals,'' the imam called the group's members, according to a man who was at the service.
Less than 24 hours later, someone in a Mercedes truck drove up next to the mosque and detonated explosives hidden under piles of stone and marble. At least 40 people were killed, including 15 who were praying inside the mosque...
This bombing was most likely committed by Al Qaeda against the people who are standing up to them. Below is a Marine video package of bombing victims being brought to Camp Fallujah to be taken care of by coalition medical personnel. Produced by Cpl. Chris Stankiewicz of II Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs. Also see "Petty Officer Bruno" and "Capt. Khan" in the Interviews section.