December 26, 2014

IRAQ: Islamic State aka ISIS Suicide Bomber MURDERED 24, Injured 55 On Wednesday. Another Islamic Suicide Bomber MURDERED 38, Injured 56 On Friday. Both Near Baghdad.

The statistics shows the average number of civilian deaths per day by Islamic car bombs and Islamic suicide attacks in Iraq war from 2003 to 2013*. As of January 19, 2013, there were an average of 6.4 civilian deaths per day caused by Islamic suicide attacks and Islamic car bombs in 2013. [source:]

This statistic represents the global number of Islamic suicide bombings between 2011 and 2013. In 2011, 200 incidents caused by Islamic suicide bombers were counted. In 2012, 217 incidents caused by Islamic suicide bombers were counted. In 2013, 276 incidents caused by Islamic suicide bombers were counted. [source:]

Monthly Islamic Jihad Report
November, 2014
Jihad Attacks: 284 <= that's a lot of "lone wolves" and it's only ONE MONTH.
Countries: 23
Allah Akbars*: 41
Dead Bodies: 2,515
Critically Injured: 2,700
*Suicide Attacks
Weekly Jihad Report
Dec 13 - Dec 19, 2014
Jihad Attacks: 54
Allah Akbars*: 6
Dead Bodies: 857
Critically Injured: 466
*Suicide Attacks
[source: Religion of Peace]

Deutsche Welle news, Germany
written by Staff, AFP, Reuters
Wednesday December 24, 2014

A suicide bomber near the Iraqi capital of Baghdad has killed at least 24 people after detonating explosives among a group of pro-government Sunni militiamen. The attack bore the signs of "Islamic State" (IS).

Wednesday's attack took place in Madain, around 20 kilometers (14 miles) south of Baghdad whilst the men were waiting to collect their monthly wages. According to police, at least 15 of those killed were pro-government Sunni militiamen the rest were soldiers. Another 55 were also wounded.

The Sunni militias, known as Sahwa or Awakening Councils, were formed at the height of Iraq's sectarian fighting in 2006 and 2007, and allied with US troops against al Qaeda in Iraq, a precursor to the "Islamic State" (IS) extremist group. They are viewed as traitors by Sunni extremists fighting to overthrow the Shiite-led government.

IS hallmarks

In another attack on Wednesday, four civilians were killed and seven wounded when a bomb tore through an outdoor market in the town of Youssifiyah, 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Baghdad, a police officer said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for Wednesday's bombings, but they bore the hallmarks of IS, which captured large swaths of western and northern Iraq this summer.

Pilot captured

The suicide attacks also coincided with the capture of a Jordanian pilot after his warplane crashed during airstrikes over Syria.

"Jordan holds the group (IS) and its supporters responsible for the safety of the pilot and his life," a statement read on state television said.

It was the first time a coalition aircraft has been hit by suspected IS militants since forces led by the US began their airstrikes in Syria three months ago.

Jordanian authorities confirmed that the pilot, identified as 26-year-old Maaz al-Kassasbeh, was one of their own: "During a mission Wednesday morning conducted by several Jordanian Air Force planes against hideouts of the IS terrorist organization in the Raqqa region, one of the planes went down and the pilot was taken hostage," the government in Petra quoted a source from the military's general staff as saying.

Jordan, along with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, has joined with Western countries in an American-led alliance formed to launch airstrikes against IS in Syria. The coalition has particularly targeted Raqqa, which the jihadists are using as headquarters.

Channel NewsAsia, Singapore
written by Staff and AFP staff
Saturday December 27, 2014

The Islamic State group claimed it carried out a suicide bombing south of Baghdad that targeted Sunni fighters who oppose the militants, in which 38 people were killed.

BAGHDAD: The Islamic State (IS) group on Friday (Dec 26) claimed it carried out a suicide bombing south of Baghdad that targeted Sunni fighters who oppose the militants, in which 38 people were killed.

The bomber attacked the fighters, known as Sahwa, while they were gathering near a military base in Madain on Wednesday to receive their pay, also wounding at least 56 people. IS claimed the attack in a message posted online titled "Statement on the Martyrdom Operation in the Madain District", and identified the bomber as Saifeddin al-Ansari.

IS spearheaded a sweeping militant offensive that has overrun much of Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland since June - areas that Shiite-led government forces have sought local Sunni help to recapture.

The Sahwa, or "Awakening" in Arabic, dates back to the height of the US-led war in Iraq, when Sunni tribesmen joined forces with the Americans to battle insurgents including IS's predecessor organisation, the Islamic State of Iraq. The Sahwa were key to greatly but temporarily reducing the violence, but when Iraq's government took over responsibility for their salaries they were sometimes paid late or not at all.

Now Sunni fighters, including the Sahwa and other armed tribesmen, again have an important role to play in the fight against IS.

The government has distributed arms and ammunition to tribesmen, and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi aims to establish a national guard made up of local fighters, although the necessary law has yet to pass parliament.

Iraqi security forces backed by US-led air strikes, Kurdish forces, Shiite militias and Sunni tribesmen have clawed back some ground from IS. But major areas, especially north and west of Baghdad, remain outside government control.

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