ABU DHABI, 13th January, 2016 (WAM) — A UAE newspaper has said that recent tragic events in Baghdad and surrounding areas show that even in retreat, Daesh and its evil forces remain clear and present dangers. Over the past three days, a series of bomb attacks, first on a Baghdad mall, and then separately on security forces, have killed nearly 60 and wounded scores more. The mall attack on Monday claimed at least 18 lives and was a cynical two-stage bombing with the sole intent of killing as many innocent victims as possible.
In an editorial today, Gulf News said, “It’s hard to fathom the level of evil steeping the minds of those responsible for these bloody attacks, plotting in secret, obtaining explosives and delivering them to a location where ordinary families, shopkeepers, men, women and children go about their regular lives then setting a bomb off to kill and maim, and setting a second one off minutes later while emergency and security services rush to provide life and death assistance to those blown apart.”
“These attacks have but one aim, destroying the very social fabric of Iraq itself, trying to foster sectarian strife and fester division between Shiites and Sunnis. This terrorist philosophy is the creed of Daesh, determined to carve out its so-called caliphate using bullets and bombs, terror, propaganda and intimidation.
“In recent weeks, and after a struggle that has taken over a year, Iraqi forces, with the support of militias on the ground and air strikes from a coalition of the willing from above, have managed to reclaim the city of Ramadi from the dark forces of Daesh. Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider Al Abadi, has called the attacks on the mall “a desperate attempt by terrorist gangs” after the victory of Ramadi. He’s right. But there are many more trials that his forces will face, and sadly too, given the divisions that exist on the ground in his fractured nation, many more tears to be shed before Daesh is eradicated from Iraq.
“Those trials and tears must be endured, for Daesh is an enemy and a philosophy that will require time to overcome,” concluded the Dubai-based daily.