‘Battlefield – Baghdad’. What begins in the Middle East

‘Battlefield – Baghdad’. What begins in the Middle East

Andrey Kots

After the attack on the residence of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi in Baghdad in Iraq, another serious aggravation is possible. The attack took place in the “green zone”, which is considered the safest in the country, where government agencies and foreign embassies are concentrated. How further events can develop – in the material of RIA Novosti.
Terrorist attack in the “green zone”
On Sunday morning, the C-RAM air defense radar of the US Embassy in Baghdad detected three unidentified targets. Two destroyed the anti-aircraft guns, but the third – a drone filled with explosives – managed to break through. The prime minister’s security service had time to warn, the guards tried to shoot down the drone with small arms. But he dived right into the residence of the Prime Minister.
The explosion knocked out all the windows and damaged the building’s supporting structures. At least ten wounded, Al-Kazemi miraculously was not injured. Sappers later found unexploded ordnance on the roof. If he detonated, too, it would not have been without casualties.
This incident was widely discussed in the world media. Officials of many Western states spoke out.
“An obvious terrorist act that we strongly condemn is aimed at the very heart of the Iraqi state,” the US Department of State said in a statement. partners unwavering. The United States is with the government and people of Iraq. “
Old enemy
The Prime Minister mentioned that he knew who ordered the raid. He did not disclose details. It looks like he seriously annoyed someone: this is the second attempt on his life in ten days. On October 31, rockets fired at the headquarters of the Iraqi intelligence service while the head of government was there. But the fire was not very accurate, there were no losses.
The safest area of Bag-hdad was attacked before. So, on October 27, a projectile was fired from a m-akeshift launcher. Nobody took responsibility for the-mselves. According to local media, supporters of pro-Iranian Shiite groups may be behind this. For several weeks they have been actively demonstrating against the results of the parliamentary elections held on October 10. The Al-Fatah coalition, led by Hadi al-Amiri, who commands the Badr detachment, the largest in the Shiite militia, won only 21 seats in parliament – more than half the n-umber in 2018. Demonst-rators demand the resignation of the prime minister.
And he answered harshly: last week the security forces dispersed a large-scale street action in the Iraqi capital. The clashes killed four people, more than 120 wounded. Naturally, this further exacerbated the situation.
Another assassination attempt could have been the result of “local initiative”. The main defender of the Shiites in the region, Iran, officially condemned the attack and stressed that it had nothing to do with it. Foreign Minister of the Republic Hossein Amir Abdollahian called the attack on the residence “an attempt to undermine security and peace” and expressed his readiness to help in the investigation.
Handicraft kamikaze drones are the calling card of jihadists of all stripes and shades. This is how the militants of the “Islamic State”, still operating in Iraq, could have attacked. Although after the fall of Mosul in the summer of 2017, there were no large cities left under the control of terrorists, it is clearly too early to talk about their defeat.
Revenge for a follower
In late October, a gang of extremists attacked the village of Rashad in the Mikdadiya district of Diyala province, kidnapping three local residents and demanding ransom for them. The hostages’ relatives collected the money and tried to hand it over. But something went wrong, and the terrorists opened fire on peaceful people. 14 people were killed, 15 were injured. Previously, the area around Rashad was considered completely safe. This means that the jihadists are gradually expanding, opening new “branches”. In September, they attacked a police checkpoint in the northern province of Kirkuk, killed seven security officials and fled.
Government forces, with the support of the militia and the international coalition, conduct regular sweeps and operations to identify sleeping cells in various parts of Iraq. In mid-October, the chief financier of IS Sami Jasim, who was also the deputy leader of the group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was liquidated in 2019, was detained. Mustafa al-Kazemi personally announced this. It is possible that the attempts on his life are the revenge of the Islamists for the arrest of their comrade-in-arms.
Terrorist activity in the Middle East will only intensify. By the end of the year, the United States and its allies must withdraw military contingents from Iraq.
However, as the example of Afghanistan showed, “a holy place is never empty.” No sooner had the Americans evacuated than the Taliban took control of the entire country in just a few months. Their “colleagues” from IS have repeatedly demonstrated an amazing ability to mobilize serious forces literally from scratch in the shortest possible time and appear where they have never been before. The hasty withdrawal of the Americans from Iraq is a chance to regain lost positions, which the group’s leadership is unlikely to want to miss.

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