Urgent security measures in Iraq in light of the developments of the battles of Al-Hasakah and Al-Sadr comments
The Iraqi fears come after an attack attributed to ISIS in the eastern province of Diyala, during which 11 members of the Iraqi army were killed, including a lieutenant.
The Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq has revealed its fear of the current events in Al-Hasakah, Syria, stressing that it has taken the necessary security measures to prevent the infiltration of ISIS elements into its areas, while the Iraqi Defense Minister warned of the danger of spreading rumors aimed at exaggerating the threat of the organization.
The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, said on his Twitter account: “I am very concerned about the attacks of the Islamic State in northeastern Syria and Iraq.”
Barzani added, “I directed the ministers of the Peshmerga and the interior and the security services to strengthen the defensive lines and the necessary measures to protect the people of Kurdistan, and we will work to coordinate our efforts closely with the Iraqi government and the international coalition against the organization.”
I’m deeply concerned by the ISIS terrorist attacks in NE Syria and Iraq. I have directed Ministers of Peshmerga and Interior, and security services, to strengthen defensive lines and measures necessary to protect the people of the Kurdistan Region.
— Masrour Barzani (@masrour_barzani) January 23, 2022
For his part, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi confirmed, today, Sunday, that the Iraqi forces are making maximum efforts in pursuing the remnants of what he described as terrorism and destroying its incubators.
Prime Minister @MAKadhimi Receives the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Iraq, Mr. Ali Reza Konay and his accompanying delegation, stressing that the Iraqi forces are making utmost efforts in pursuing the remnants of terrorism and destroying its incubators, which will support regional stability and open the way for sustainable development for the peoples of the region. pic.twitter.com/e73qRgiVHK
— Media Office of the Prime Minister 🇮🇶 (@IraqiPMO) January 23, 2022
In turn, the Iraqi Minister of Defense Jumaa Inad announced the start of a plan to fortify the military headquarters against ISIS attacks, in conjunction with the start of joint Iraqi forces in a large-scale military operation against the organization in Diyala.
In an audio recording published by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Enad played down reports of the strong resurgence of ISIS after the attack on a prison in Al-Hasakah, Syria, and said that this information was incorrect, and that the organization was weaker than it was in 2014.
Inad added, “The great incident in Diyala province, east of Baghdad, in which 11 Iraqi soldiers were killed in an ISIS attack, is an extension of the incidents that preceded it, due to a failure at the level of middle and lower leaders, and the negligent will be held accountable.”
He pointed out that before 2014, the organization was strong inside and outside Iraq, and it had sleeper cells ready and well-armed, booby-trapped wheels, explosive belts, heavy machine guns and other ordnance and other weapons. Few and simple to arm.
My brothers, members of the armed forces are everywhere
My fellow citizens all over the dear country
During the past two days, social networking sites circulated audio clips suggesting that they are from an unknown intelligence source, and the truth is that it is a tool for psychological warfare used by the enemy and the parties hostile to your country and those who want bad in Iraq… pic.twitter.com/6j18uDn2oY
– Juma Anad Saadoun (@Jouma_Anad) January 22, 2022
In turn, the Secretary-General of the Sayyid al-Shuhada Brigades, Abu Ala’ al-Wali, said through his Twitter account: “The security situation in Sinjar in Nineveh Governorate, the Western Desert, and the void areas between the governorates of Diyala, Salah al-Din, Kirkuk, Mosul and Anbar is very dangerous.”
Al-Wali added, “The threats to these areas are not individual flows, but rather a deliberate and compressive scheme that begins with the events of Al-Hasakah in Syria and ends in the corridors of political strife in Iraq, the readiness of the response is present.”
The security situation in Sinjar and the Western Desert and the void areas between the governorates of Diyala, Salah al-Din, Kirkuk, Mosul and Anbar are very dangerous. The threats facing these areas are not individual flows, but rather a well-thought-out and pressing scheme that begins with the events of Hasaka in Syria and ends in the corridors of political strife in Iraq
Readiness to respond
– Abu Alaa Alwalai (@aboalaa_alwalae) January 22, 2022
Commenting on this, the leader of the Sadrist bloc, Muqtada al-Sadr, alluded to the fact that the recent attacks attributed to ISIS and the security events in Iraq were caused by political parties, in order to prevent him from forming a national majority government.
Al-Sadr said on his Twitter account, that the biggest problem than the ISIS rumor of his return is the exaggeration that some people spread to spread fear, terror and sectarianism among the Iraqi people, to be in their eyes the protectors of land and honor.
Al-Sadr called on his “Peace Brigades” fighters to be ready alongside the security forces, calling on the Iraqi government to support and strengthen the army to protect Iraq.
Al-Sadr stressed the necessity that “such news should not discourage the mujahideen, the people, and reformers with the completion of a national majority government, for perhaps they are pretexts to return to the zero point.”
— Muqtada al-Sayyid Muhammad al-Sadr (@Mu_AlSadr) January 22, 2022
The Iraqi fears come after an attack attributed to ISIS in the eastern province of Diyala, during which 11 members of the Iraqi army were killed, including a lieutenant, in conjunction with an attack launched by ISIS on Friday night on Ghweran prison in the city of Hasaka, which includes thousands of ISIS members. The Kurdish forces are trying to contain this continuous attack for the fourth day, with the support of the international coalition forces.
In late 2017, Iraq announced its victory over the Islamic State after expelling its fighters from all the major cities they seized in 2014, while the organization’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in 2019.
Since then, the organization’s attacks have decreased significantly, but the Iraqi forces are still chasing sleeper cells in mountainous areas and in the desert, especially in the governorates of Salah al-Din, Kirkuk and Diyala.