From the London Times (February 12):
The acting director of a Baghdad psychiatric hospital has been arrested on suspicion of supplying al-Qaeda in Iraq with the mentally impaired women that it used to blow up two crowded animal markets in the city on February 1, killing about 100 people.Now it should be pointed out that this hospital director may have only agreed to supply these women under extreme duress. According to the Times, Al Qaeda doesn't just use waterboarding to convince people they should cooperate. Al Qaeda is suspected of having murdered the hospital director's predecessor, for not participating in this little scheme of theirs.
As the Times goes on to report:
The US military believes that al-Qaeda is adopting these extreme tactics because the prevalence of check-points and concrete barriers is making car bombings harder, and fewer foreign suicide bombers are reaching Iraq ...Again, more evidence that it is the whackos not the locals who form Al Qaeda's base of support.
Foreign jihadists – invariably male – used to carry out 90 per cent of the suicide bombings in Iraq, but the US military believes that tighter controls have halved the influx to 50 or 60 a month.