On July 3, 2016, a suicide bomber detonated a minibus filled with explosives in the neighborhood of Karrada, Baghdad. Karrada is a very populated area due to the Eid al-Fitr holiday that was about to begin. According to “Daily Mail,” Baghdad bombing killed over 290 people and injured at least 200 others, making it the deadliest attack in Iraq since 2003.
Besides the suicide truck that was detonated in Karrada, a second bomb was placed near the roadside and exploded in the suburb of Sha’ab, adding at least 21 more victims – 5 dead and 16 wounded.
ISIS Claimed Credit for the Baghdad Bombings
ISIS claimed the attacks that took place in Baghdad during the holy month of Ramadan were executed by bomber Abu Maha al-Iraqi. Moreover, according to CNN, ISIS planned multiple attacks before the start of the month of Ramadan. Through a recording released online in May 2016, the militant group urged followers to carry on attacks on Western targets.
The Baghdad bombing was the third attack affiliated with ISIS militants in June and July. The incident that killed about 290 persons followed the attacks in Istanbul, Turkey; and Dhaka, Bangladesh, which took place on June 28 and July 1.
Muslims Make No Exception
The cruelties, that happened all over the world, stirred reactions globally. The Baghdad bombing, which killed 290 persons, was not an exception. People expressed their sadness and condolences under the hashtag #IsisAttackingMuslims.
On social media, people tried to draw attention to the fact that ISIS does not appear care about anything when planning their attacks. According to “The Independent,” one person wrote: “They thrive on blood, any kind of it and Muslims’ blood is no exception,” while another stated that “ISIS terrorist attacks are targeting more Muslims than any other group.”
Baghdad Goes Through Hard Times
The city of Baghdad has not experienced a peaceful time for a long period. After the bombings that occurred on July 3, killing over 290 victims, the Iraqi capital was disturbed by another attack, on July 7. This attack killed 37 people during an incident at a Shiite shrine, in the northern part of the city.
Moreover, on July 12, another car bombing was detonated at an outdoor market, in a northeastern district of Baghdad. According to “USA Today,” the blast killed at least 11 people and wounded over 30. The attack took place in the al-Rashidiya district and has not yet been claimed by any terrorist group.
U.S. Will Send Additional Troops
In order to help Iraq retake the city of Mosul from ISIS, the United States will send 560 additional troops to the conflicted area. The Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter stated, during a visit to Baghdad, that most of the troops will be posted at the Qarayyah air base. According to “USA Today,” President Barack Obama agreed to the deployment. The American troops are supposed to assist with logistics for the Iraqi forces that will be sent to the area.
The Iraqis want to liberate the city of Mosul–Iraq’s second-largest city–that is under ISIS control. In the last year, their troops have recaptured Tikrit, Ramadi, and Falluja.
By Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Jeanette Smith
Al Jazeera: Iraq bombing: Baghdad death toll rises to 250
CNN: ISIS calls for more attacks on West during Ramadan
Daily Mail: Baghdad blast killed 292, many burned alive
The Independent: Baghdad bombing: Iraqis remind world that most of Isis’ victims are Muslims after more than 160 killed
USA Today: Iraq: Suicide bombing in Baghdad Shiite district kills 11
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