Suicide bomber targets displaced Iraqis: 14 killed

On Sunday, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a camp for displaced Iraqis, killing at least 14 people. The AFP news agency reported that most of the victims were women and children.
Refugee camp in southern Baghdad (archive) Photo Credit: EPA

At least 14 people were killed on Sunday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a camp for displaced Iraqis in the country’s Anbar province. According to a doctor and a police officer who spoke with the AFP news agency, most of the victims were women and children.

The suicide bombing comes as Iraqi forces are closing in on ISIS in Mosul. Last week, the Iraqi Army announced that “the fictitious state has fallen,” referring to the murderous terrorist organization. The Iraqi forces are currently engaged in what appears to be the final battles before the terrorists are expelled from the lone neighborhoods that they still control in Mosul.

In Syria, reports on Thursday revealed that US-backed militias have successfully cut off the last escape route in and out of Raqqa, preventing ISIS terrorists from fleeing the city as the battle for the city continues.

Analysts from IHS informed the AFP news agency that ISIS has lost about 60 percent of its territory and 80 percent of its profits since the fighting began. In January 2015, the terrorist organization controlled 34,749 square miles, but by June 2017- before the latest attack- the organization's territory was reduced to about 13,899 square miles. Experts estimate that following the attacks in Raqqa and Mosul, the so-called Islamic caliphate will collapse before the end of 2017.

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