ISIS Intensifies Attacks in Iraq

  • The terrorist organization launched an attack in Diyala on Sunday, which resulted in deaths and injuries.
  • Last month, Iraq announced that forces had launched airstrikes on areas sheltering members of the terrorist organization in Salah al-Din Governorate.
  • The Council of Representatives is preparing to vote on the government next week.

ISIS launched two new attacks in Iraq, according to reports early on Monday. The first attack targeted checkpoints of the tribal crowd and its security forces in Diyala Governorate, north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and resulted in deaths and injuries. ISIS also launched another attack in Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad, targeting pro-Iranian militias.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS), officially known as the Islamic State (IS) and also known by its Arabic language acronym Daesh is a Salafi jihadist militant group and former unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi doctrine of Sunni Islam.

The terrorist organization launched an attack in Diyala on Sunday, which resulted in deaths and injuries, as the Iraqi authorities announced, Sunday. The designated Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, has vowed to intensify the campaign against ISIS after the attacks. In recent weeks, attacks by suspected ISIS militants have increased, particularly in the rugged area between Kirkuk, Salah al-Din and Diyala provinces, known as the “Triangle of Death.”

Last month, the Security Media Cell in Iraq announced that Iraqi forces had launched airstrikes on areas sheltering members of the terrorist organization in Salah al-Din Governorate. In late 2017, Iraq declared victory over ISIS after it managed to recover the vast majority of the land that the terrorist organization seized years ago. The organization still keeps sleeper cells in large areas of Iraq, and launches attacks between varying periods.

Shiite Forces

The Council of Representatives is preparing to vote on the government next week after the Popular Mobilization Forces announced the resolution of all their differences with Prime Minister-designate, Mustafa al-Kazimi. Despite assurances that the dialogues have reached advanced stages, the list of others is concerned about the breakdown of the agreement and the return to square one.

In a statement to reporters, the deputy from the Fatah Alliance, Mukhtar Al-Moussawi, said “the dialogues inside the Shiite political house with the mandate to form the government have reached advanced stages, and most of the differences have been settled.”

Al-Musawi added that “Mustafa Al-Kazemi presented us with suggested names that did not satisfy us, but a large number of discussions and concessions that have been presented led the matter to a positive result, according to which the necessity of forming the government in a manner consistent with the public interest.”

He pointed out, that “matters have been prepared before Al-Kazemi to submit a request to set an appointment to the parliament session to hold a session of granting confidence, and everyone has become supportive to pass his government, and there is no need for further delay.”

Al-Moussawi went on to say that “the coming hours will witness intense dialogues with the Sunni and Kurdish blocs aimed at agreeing on the candidates’ ministers who are composed of the same mechanism in which the Shiite candidates were chosen.”

The Council of Representatives is the unicameral legislature of the Republic of Iraq. As a result of the ongoing 2019 Iraqi protests, legislators will be elected in single-member districts, rather than by the existing proportional system.

In the context, Fadi al-Shammari, leader of the al-Hikma movement, said that the dialogues between the Shiite forces are proceeding in a positive manner and a marked development, and they have exceeded all previous disputes. Al-Shammari added, “The coming hours will witness the arrival of an official request to the parliament in order to hold a voting session on the government.”

He expected that “the government will pass by looking at the great compatibility between the political blocs of various components, Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish,” stressing that “the presence of some of the protesters is normal, but the last hour’s dialogues are enough to end it.” Al-Shammari pointed out that “the session of granting confidence will be in the next week, and by this, we will fold months of disputes and conflicts that came after the resignation of Adel Abdul Mahdi.”

Al-Ziyadi said in a comment that “the political blocs exerted pressure on Al-Kazemi that prevented him from exercising his powers to choose ministers.” He warned, “any agreement that might happen between the forces supporting al-Kazemi in the last moments will break up,” and he finds that “the prime minister’s costly apology for his mission is expected with increasing pressure on him.”

It is noteworthy that the deadline for forming the government ends on the ninth of next month, while the political blocs hold almost daily dialogues to agree on the mechanism for the nomination of ministers.

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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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