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Islamic State Claims It Carried Out Deadly Attack in Southern Iraq

Islamic State Claims It Carried Out Deadly Attack in Southern Iraq”

Earlier this week, Iraqi forces announced they were holding more than 1,300 foreign women and children from 14 countries at a camp for displaced people in northern Iraq. While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

Baghdad Today quoted a police source as saying that "an IED exploded on Wednesday evening near the industrial district in Besmaya village, located on Baghdad-Wassit road, which left a person killed and eight others wounded".

Like its predecessor in Iraq, al Qaeda, Islamic State seeks to create sectarian tensions as a way to destabilize the OPEC oil producer.

The individual was tried under Iraq's anti-terrorism law and confessed to carrying out "terrorist operations" against Iraqi security forces since 2015, said Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar, spokesman for Iraq's supreme judicial council. "Daesh is trying to desperately pretend among followers that it's still strong", al-Yassiri said.

Thursday's attack, along a highway near the city of Nassiriya, was one of the largest in the country in recent months.

Daesh is an Arabic acronym for Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS.

Attackers wearing security force uniforms and driving stolen army vehicles, used auto bombs and suicide vests to cause the explosions.

Baghdad's central criminal court sentenced a Russian national to death by hanging for his membership in the Islamic State group, the court said in a statement. The terror group claimed the assault via its official Amaq news agency. The group said it had killed "dozens of Shi'ites".

Further, hospital sources told the local media that at least 10 Iranian pilgrims, who were visiting holy Shi'ite shrines, were among the dead.

Police sources confirmed that some police officers too had died in the checkpoint attack.

Amongst the three attacks, initial reports indicated that the deadliest attack was at a restaurant west of Nassiriya.



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