Diyala is bleeding and the specter of reprisals worries Iraqis

After Diyala province witnessed sporadic attacks that killed dozens, the specter of reprisals has returned to its head in Iraq.

While the attack claimed by ISIS in the village of al-Rashad killed 15 people and wounded 26 others in a final outcome, security sources confirmed to AFP today, Thursday, the occurrence of “revenge” operations in response to this attack.

And 11 people were killed, according to what a security source said, in an attack targeting the predominantly Sunni village of Nahr al-Imam yesterday, Wednesday, by gunmen believed to be from the neighboring (Shiite-majority) al-Rashad village, after accusing the residents of Nahr al-Imam of being behind the attack that targeted their village, according to a security source. Source.

For his part, Iraqi Interior Minister Othman Al-Ghanimi confirmed today that a comprehensive investigation has been opened into the attack, saying, according to the Iraqi News Agency, “the most severe penalties will be imposed on ISIS criminals.”

From the funeral of the victims of the village of Rashad in Diyala (AFP)

painful memories

It is noteworthy that such operations bring back to the minds of Iraqis painful memories of a sectarian war in which thousands were killed after the US invasion in 2003 and the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

In late 2017, Iraq declared its victory over ISIS after expelling the organization’s fighters from all the major cities they had seized in 2014, while the organization’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in 2019.

From Diyala (archive)

Since then, ISIS attacks in cities have decreased significantly, but the Iraqi forces are still chasing sleeper cells in mountainous and desert areas, while the organization targets military sites from time to time. Last month, he carried out an attack that killed 30 civilians in the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City in the capital.

While the Iraqi authorities announced in October, the arrest of two prominent extremist leaders in two operations outside Iraq, one in Turkey, Sami Jassem al-Jubouri, the “money supervisor” in ISIS and former deputy of al-Baghdadi, and the other responsible for a bombing that killed more than 320 Someone in Baghdad five years ago.

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