New ISIS attack in Diyala

A ruined base for the Islamic State, in Shingal A ruined base for the Islamic State, in Shingal Levi Meir Clancy on Unsplash

27 October 2021

The Daesh attack in Diyala killed 11 people, launching a reminder that terrorism is not over 

According to the news reported by Aljazeera, the ISIS group committed an attack in the eastern province of Diyala on 27 October, leaving more than 30 people either killed or injured. The same source states also that the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) counts that around 11 people, including a woman, were killed and 20 others wounded in the attack.

Daesh began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks. Iraq declared victory over the former in December 2017 after a three-year counter-terrorism military campaign, with the support of neighboring Iran. However, the terror outfit’s remnants keep staging sporadic attacks across Iraq, attempting to regroup and unleash fresh violence. The organization has intensified its terrorist attacks in Iraq since January 2020, when the United States assassinated top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Hashd Al-Sha'abi deputy commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, near Baghdad International Airport. Moreover, on 11 October the Iraqi prime minister announced earlier in the month that security forces had detained Sami Jasim, a top member of the Daesh terrorist group and deputy of slain leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

According to Albawaba, Iraqi President Barham Salih condemned the attack as a “cowardly act”, aimed at destabilizing the country and called for a united front to eliminate the terrorist outfit. Indeed, he defines the event as a reminder not to underestimate the threat of Daesh and the importance of continuing the national effort to end its remnants in all the region.


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Author: Jasmina Saric

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