Iraq sees ISIL lose Ground which has led to an increase in attacks

by Yacoob Cassim

IraqThe southern parts of Iraq have been relatively peaceful, in spite of the conflict between ISIL
and Iraqi Security Forces. However the attacks in the province of Thi Qar have shown that
ISIL is resorting to its old practise of random militant attacks. In one instance, unidentified
assailants had opened fire in a restaurant on a main high way that links the Capital Baghdad
and the provinces of the South.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group claimed responsibility for the attacks,
according to the group’s Amaq website. Yahya al Nassiri, provincial governor, told a news
agency that the majority of the dead were probably Iranian visitors who were inside the
restaurant.
Al Jazeera’s Imraan Khan, reporting from the northern city of Erbil, said that Southern Iraq
has been spared much of the violence that the rest of the country has suffered, particularly
in the west and the north. The latest attacks follow a series of setbacks that ISIL, has faced
at the hands of US backed Iraqi forces.
So following the retreat by ISIL into Syria and the loss of the region around Mosul and the
territory it controlled, ISIL has turned to its old tactics of surprise attacks in calm areas as
retaliation for their losses while hoping to undermine the society’s faith in the government
and security mechanisms in place. The attacks are amongst the warning signs that this
militant group will strike anywhere and anytime to have their way after having suffered such
humiliating losses.
So now apart from the crimes of ISIL, the crimes perpetrated by Saddam Hussein particularly
against the Kurdish population of Northern Iraq have formed the bases for the Kurdish
Autonomous Region seceding from the rest of Iraq to become their own independent state.
The existence of an independent Kurdistan would be the worst nightmare for Syria, Turkey
and Iran. It would provoke a desire in their Kurdish minorities to secede to join the new
state.
It has been clear that ISIL has been officially ousted from Mosul. There is a great deal of
Carnage that has been left in its wake, smouldering ruins and roads that have been blown to

bits. However civilians are still fleeing as battles continue to rage between the Security
Forces and the militants.
ISIL, which seized the ancient city in June 2014, still controls around eight square kilometres
of western Mosul, including the densely populated Old City where some of the fiercest and
most gruelling final battles are expected to play out in the narrow streets that are
impassable for tanks.
Special Forces spokesman Sabah al-Numan said his troops had completed their initial
mission, but stood ready “to support any other forces,” if they are ordered to by the Prime
Minister”.
The battle to retake the city began in November as a joint initiative between Iraqi
government forces, the Kurdish Pershmerga and US led coalition, and has so far displaced
an estimated 700, 000 people.
It looks like ISIL is losing its grip on the territory that it once controlled and looking forward
to wreaking new havoc through their signature surprise attacks. The battle for Mosul
continues unabated as the city is laid to waste.
When the dust has settled it will be a new turning point for the Iraq State that will
determine whether it will break apart or remain united. This alone should motivate its cause
for survival. If not, the region will never be the same again.

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