At least 73 people died in the Sadr City attack in Baghdad. It is one of the bloodiest attacks Isis has carried out in the last few months, and the death toll might keep growing. There are, in fact, over 100 injured, many of whom are in serious conditions. 17 More people (mostly soldiers), were killed during the assault on a command center in Abu Ghraib, the western district of the capital which is notorious for its prison, where Americans committed abuses and tortures committed against Iraqi prisoners. Besides, there are at least 14 victims among civilians, caused by the bombings in the Sunni-majority town Mahmoudiya, 30 kilometers south of Baghdad, and in the nearby Dora region.
“Our swords will not stop cutting the heads of the Shiite deserters”, was the claim of the jihadists who targeted a telephony market in Sadr City. The scheme they used was the same of other dramatic attacks, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up next to the vendor stalls. Another one attacked a few minutes later, slaughtering the crowd which was trying to help the victims. The effect was devastating: witnesses say the market became a lake of blood. Body parts mixed with remains of clothes and smashed phones were all around.
A few hours earlier, the jihadists had assaulted Abu Ghraib, which is halfway between Baghdad and Fallujah, a stronghold of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s followers. At least six militia brigades were employed. Three suicide bombers in a car cleared the way for the attack of the jihadists armed with grenade launchers and automatic rifles. Clashes lasted several hours and the toll is 17 dead among the military and their allies, and 14 among the jihadists. The government managed to reject the attack and decided to impose a curfew. According to analysts, there is still a long way to go in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq before victory. The ability of the jihadist groups to strike the heart of Baghdad and that of other cities that are not under their control show it clearly.