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How the Iran-backed Shiite militias are using the Islamic State to fulfill Iranian policy
 
10/20/2020
 

Islamic State Revival: An Instrument of Iran’s Conquest

How the Iran-backed Shiite militias are using the Islamic State to fulfill Iranian policy

BY WARREN REINSCH

A surge of Islamic State activity in Iraq has occurred in recent months as the terrorist group seeks to take advantage of the protests, coronavirus crisis, and United States troop withdrawals.

The recent string of attacks occurred primarily in northern Iraq. Between March 17 and 21, Islamic State insurgents quadrupled their average number of mortar and rocket attacks, according to Politico, by firing 15 mortar rounds in the Khanaqin district of northeastern Iraq.

According to Al-Monitor, an Islamic State sniper shot and killed an Iraqi policeman on April 12. The next day, the Islamic State ambushed Iraqi Security Forces and militiamen in the Kirkuk province in northern Iraq.

On April 19, Islamic State militants injured and killed members of the Iraqi Security Forces in the Dibis province and the city of Rashad, both in northern Iraq. On April 20, an unknown terrorist group, possibly the Islamic State, killed three Iraqi soldiers in the Diyala province just northeast of Baghdad.

 
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