Deadly ISIL Attack Near Baghdad Leaves 11 Dead

  • The attack took place in the village of Rezwaniyah, west of Baghdad.
  • The number of armed operations of this group has decreased after the withdrawal of the forces affiliated with the "Islamic State" (ISIS) from Iraq.
  • The Iraqi Oil Minister, Ihssan Abdul Jabar Ismail, affirmed the Iraqi government's keenness to strengthen bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia.

A group of Islamic State members attacked a watchtower, as well as popular mobilization positions in Iraq, killing at least eleven people. Eight people were injured in the attack, according to news agencies. Some of the victims were civilians. News agencies reported the new attack by members of the group near Baghdad.

Iraq security forces

The attack took place in the village of Rezwaniyah, west of Baghdad. The assailants threw grenades and light weapons at the police watchtower in the village.

In addition, it is said that the popular mobilization positions in this area were also targeted. The militant group is cooperating with the Iraqi army in the fight against ISIS.

“ISIS attacked the monitoring tower, killing five members of the tribal Hashed and six local people who had come to help repel the attack,” a security source said. The attack killed at least eleven people.

Six of the victims of this bloody attack were law enforcement officers. At the same time, five people who went to the scene to help the injured are said to have died. AFP put the number of injured in the attack at eight. Rezvanieh village is located near Baghdad airport.

The number of armed operations of this group has decreased after the withdrawal of the forces affiliated with the “Islamic State” (ISIS) from Iraq. The Islamic State still has power in some villages around Baghdad, despite withdrawing from Iraq.  The Iraqi army in a US-led military coalition managed to repel ISIS forces from Iraqi territory.

Iraq is Open to Saudi Investments

Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, alternatively spelt Mustafa Al-Kadhimiy, is an Iraqi diplomat and civil servant currently serving as the Prime Minister of Iraq since May 2020. Kadhimi is also the 43rd prime minister since the country’s independence in 1932.

On Sunday, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, confirmed that investment opportunities are available to Saudi companies, pointing to the government’s endeavor to overcome all obstacles before it.

The Iraqi Oil Minister, Ihssan Abdul Jabar Ismail, affirmed the Iraqi government’s keenness to strengthen bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia in all fields, especially industry and agriculture, in a way that serves the common interests of the two countries.

He pointed out that he has touched from the Saudi side a real desire to cooperate and provide the necessary support. The Prime Minister’s Office said, in a statement, that:

Al-Kadhimi received yesterday, Sunday, members of the Iraqi-Saudi Coordinating Council, which is holding its meetings in the capital, Baghdad, to discuss the implementation plans of the agreements and memoranda of understanding signed between the two countries.”

The Iraq Minister of Oil, head of the Iraqi side, said on the sidelines of the launching of the work of the “Iraqi-Saudi” committee in Baghdad:

“This meeting comes in continuity with the previous meetings between brothers, through which we aim to activate memoranda of understanding on the ground, as well as to enhance this in new projects in the field of bilateral electricity interconnection. We have seen from the Saudi side a real desire to cooperate and provide the necessary support.”

The Saudi delegation arrived, in Baghdad yesterday morning, Sunday, to hold a meeting of the Iraqi-Saudi committee. The delegation includes officials from the ministries of “energy, electricity, oil, industry, and the environment,” and a number of important Saudi companies.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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