Iraqi Cities See Terror Attacks As Mosul Offensive Draws To End
A series of fatal attacks and explosions have taken place in the Iraqi capital Baghdad as well as other cities in recent weeks, as the intense battle to liberate the city of Mosul from Islamic State (ISIS) draws near its end.
Iraqi military forces have insisted that the battle for the northern Iraqi city will hopefully be won by the end of this month, following an offensive that started last October.
According to local statistics, there were at least six attacks and bombings in Salahaddin, Nineveh and in Baghdad in the two weeks from late April to the beginning of this month, resulting in dozens of deaths and leaving many wounded.
"The attacks mainly aimed at security forces, such as the police, in the already recovered areas. The attackers want to carry out acts of terrorism to show their presence. They have the so-called jihadists and the suicide bombers. The information we have showed a significant decrease in the numbers of the terrorists, but terrorism is still a threat to Baghdad and the whole world," said Wahab al-Tai, a media advisor to the Interior Minister.
According to United Nations' statistics, the number of civilian deaths from the bombings and violence in Iraq during the month of April stood at 309, while some 387 others were reportedly injured.
Al-Tai said that the Iraqi security forces are ready to face up to a potential escalation of threats, especially as the battle to liberate Mosul enters a critical stage.
"Yes, we have noticed in the battle that some of the terrorists have fled out of the areas they once controlled, such as Mosul, Salahaddin and Anbar, and some of them are still in hiding. Our security forces are ready for all situations, they have also made reaction plans for emergencies," said al-Tai.
Although the Mosul offensive is coming to an end, analysts in Iraq have warned about a new round of threats. Al-Tai also stressed that victory for the military operation in Mosul cannot completely eliminate terrorism, and that there is still a long way to go to combat terrorism.