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After Qa'im terror blast, Parl't calls to enhance intelligence effort

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Mohamed al-Halboosi
Many dwellers of Anbar's al-Qa'im district was unlucky today being woken up on Friday morning by a sound of explosion, which many of them had been familiar with before the province was liberated from ISIS in late 2017.

Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi condemned the terrorist bombing, which targeted a market in al-Qaim district, killing at least one person and injured many others.

Halbousi called for "taking real and urgent steps to stop the repeated violations in the liberated provinces, through doubling the intelligence effort and enhancing the capabilities of the security forces."

He warned that consequent terrorist bombings in the liberated areas is a dangerous indicator that should be confronted, calling for preserving the victory that has been announced over ISIS a year ago.

He also reiterated his call to increase the number of security elements in liberated areas, especially local police.

Hassan al-Kaabi, Parliament's first deputy speaker considered the blast an attempt by ISIS dormant cells to terrorize the region again.

Kaabi called on the security forces throughout the country, especially in the liberated cities to show "zero tolerance towards existing dormant terrorist cells that try to re-instill terror in the hearts of families, destabilize [the regions] and [spread] chaos and destruction in the regions."

He stressed "the need to be careful in order not to repeat such attacks in the future," pointing out "the importance of taking into account addressing the flaws in the security system as soon as possible."

Mohamed al-Karbouli, a member of the Parliamentary security and defense committee on Friday condemned the return of the bombings phenomenon in liberated cities.

The growing phenomenon of bombings "starting from Mosul, then Kirkuk, then Tikrit and then al-Qa'im reflects a dangerous indicator of the growing strength of remnants of terrorist organizations and their dormant cells in liberated cities," Karbouli stated.

He also called on command of joint operations to strengthen its intelligence efforts and coordinate its operations with tribal crowds and security forces deployed, to ensure the security of citizens and stability of cities.

Circumstances

A car bomb blast killed at least one person and injured more than a dozen in the Iraqi town of al-Qaim on the Syrian border on Friday, a statement from Iraq’s military said, according to Reuters.

The military said one person was killed, and 16 people were injured. A local senior police source put the number killed at three, with 23 injured. The military and the police said four members of the security forces were among those injured.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast in al-Qaim, which went off in the middle of a busy market on Friday morning. It was described by the military in its statement as a terrorist attack.

Iraq declared victory over ISIS in December 2017 after two years of fighting. However, ISIS militants have continued to carry out insurgent-style attacks on security forces across the country.

Earlier this week, a car bomb blast killed two people and injured six in Tikrit, a city 150 km (95 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

Al-Qaim was recaptured from ISIS in November 2017 and was the group’s last bastion in Iraq to fall last year.
Last Modified: Saturday، 12 January 2019 12:10 AM
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