March 10, 2008: Female suicide bomber kills Sheik in Iraq

On March 10, 2008 a female suicide bomber killed the head of a local security group northeast of Baghdad and three others.

KANAAN, IRAQ – You would think that supporting a terrorist group is a bad idea: sometimes it has lethal consequences.

There are many things worth supporting in this world. A religious cause. A worthwhile charity. Your local school. Anything or anybody which/who is trying to make the world a better place.

Note that terrorist groups are NOT on that list. They do the opposite of helping things improve: they are all about death and destruction. Supporting them is a bad idea.

And at times it can kill you.

This man does NOT deserve your donations! (Photo: By Courtesy of, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons)

On this day in 2008

A female suicide bomber killed the head of a local security group northeast of Baghdad, his brother, a child and a security guard. Sheik Thaeir Ghadhban al-Karkhi was targeted because he had stopped backing Al Qaeda (AQ). The bomber had visited the sheik’s house a day earlier, claiming that her husband had been kidnapped and asking for help; she was advised to return the day of the attack and blew herself up once she got close to the leader.

She came back this morning and nobody checked her. She had an appointment with the sheik and the guards told her to go and knock on his door.

Victim’s brother

I guess this means that those who opt to stand up for terrorist groups like AQ are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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