The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has complete control over Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. Iraqi Christians have been given an ultimatum, to convert to Islam, to flee, pay high taxes, or face death. The ultimatum has expired today in the second massive Christian exodus in the Middle East.
The Iraqi Christian communities had lived for almost 2,000 years in the city of Mosul. It was the second largest exodus in the Middle East since the Armenian massacres and Christian expulsion from Turkey during World War I.
Captured escaping Christians had been stripped of their properties except their clothing. Mosul houses with Christians inside were labelled with an ‘N’ for Narsani, the Arabic word for Christians. The letter ‘R’ had labelled the homes of Shia Muslims, which means Rafidah, as used by Sunni Muslims.
ISIS had declared its own leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the supreme leader of Islam and had referred to him as Caliph Ibrahim.
The terrorists have also plundered and occupied Christian churches in Mosul. They have also rounded up 83 Shia Shabak from the outskirts of the city. There had been evidence of execution as seven of the men were later found dead.
People were forced to abide by the rules of ISIS. Some were made to chant “Islamic State”, the ISIS’ declaration of its new name.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had condemned the SISIS for expelling Christians from Mosul.
According to Iraqi Kurdistan Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, Iraq must decentralise the government because in any case, Iraqi Kurds will gain independence if Iraq is thrown into chaos by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Talabani said the only way was a political deal.
He said that the ISIS, Sunni Muslims, and Kurds, have demanded an end to the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Talabani said that a single unity government does not represent the interests of all the people in the country and in the Middle East.
Foreign and local leaders had criticised al-Maliki’s leadership because of its inconsideration for other sects, including Sunni Muslims. His cabinet is primarily composed of Shia Muslims.
Currently, the ISIS has 10% of Iraq’s northern part. According to analysts, it is highly unlikely that the Iraqi government could win back their territory.
Meanwhile, the ISIS have declared their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the absolute leader of Islam. They had asked Muslims worldwide to pledge allegiance to the new Caliphate.
Saudi Arabian King Abdullah had rejected the statements of the ISIS, saying that their understanding of Islam is false as the religion was meant to promote peace and harmony among all living creatures in the world.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that a military intervention by the United States might further aggravate matters in Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters are fighting the Iraqi military because of injustices to Sunni Muslims, and the independence of Iraqi against the United States.
According to Khamenei, the US also aims to put its own leaders in place as it asks Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki to resign.
The US said they asked al-Maliki to resign because his sectarian policies had many Sunni Muslims fewer rights than their Shia counterparts. According to a Sunni Muslim group Iraq’s policies are injustices against Sunnis, and the ISIS intends to have justice against it.
Khamenei added that only the Iraqi government could end the “sedition” as the extremists are also hostile to groups seeking an independent Iraq.
Iran had also accused the indirect support of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Arab League members who had donated support against Syrian rebels. ISIS was part of the insurgents in Syria, and had gained effective military weaponry. Hardened veterans from the Syrian crisis, the fighters were superior against Iraqi soldiers, according to US military advisers in Iraq.
Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani was in Iraq the previous week consulting with the Iraqi government how they could contribute to Iraq’s security. His Quds Force is part of Iran’s Revolutionary guard, and is considered an elite force.
Two people killed, no less than twenty injured after a blast in an occupied restaurant in Falluja in the city of Iraq last Sunday said the authorities. According to the reports a suicide bomber blew himself inside the restaurant situated in the center of the city. 60 kilometers (37miles) west of Baghdad in Anbar province, Falluja was one of some regions who did not grasp the provincial elections held last Saturday because of the safety measures. Infrequent violence were reported in the other parts of the country who voted last Saturday.
Iraqi police officials and other forces are being blamed by the survivors and the people who witnessed the explosion because of their lack in security and safety for the civilians in the vicinity. Emergency team workers are still trying to draw out the victims who are stuck in the building when a portion of it breaks down. Bricks have trapped several civilians who are eating in the restaurant that day.There were several reports last Monday on car bombs attacks in other parts of the country which caused the death of 31 people and injured almost 200 individuals.
Pressures are high medially Iraq’s Sunni and Shia, in the midst of the Sunni Muslim claiming that they are being ignored by Prime Minister Nouri al-maliki’s Shia-led government. Several attacks were made by the Sunni Islamist activist associated to al-Queda trying to threaten the administration, primarily in Shia but also in Sunni. Even though ferocity has decreased in Iraq, since the ultimate rebellion in year 2006 and 2007, bombings are still frequent in the areas.
Three killed, and at least sixteen injured last Wednesday due to four explosions in and around the areas in Baghdad, police said. Few days before Iraq’s provincial elections scheduled on Saturday, savagery and fighting are happening around the area. Some of which includes a roadside bombing and a car bombing near the police station and during an Iraqi bombing convoy as stated by the police. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad doomed the gutless attacks of the terrorist before the provincial elections in Saturday. A number of political candidates were reported killed and injured during the attacks.
Last Wednesday night, chief prosecutor of the city’s civil court was assassinated about 45 miles (75 kilometers) west in Falluja. Maarouf Ahmed al- Kobaisi was also killed by the gunmen with open fire while he was driving in his car according to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Few hours later a car bomb exploded in central Falluja near a police car says the Ramadi police officials.
Other targets of the terrorists are people going to their respected offices. Several car bombings killed more than 40 people. More than 30 bombs including car bombs in different parts of the country were reported in the central north and south Iraq. Terrorist attacks leave loads of people dead and lots of people injured. Police said that bomb explosions leave at least 42 people and 257 others were injured. Last Tuesday a car bomb attack happened in Sadr City, a district in Baghdad.
The Ministry of Justice in Iraq has released a report on Monday that there were a number of four senior leaders of the terrorist network, Al-Qaeda that was executed in Iraq. It was made known in the war-torn country, that most of the terrorist attacks are planned by the terrorist group. Bomb attacks, Suicide car bombing, and kidnapping are few of the attacks that have occurred in different open areas in the city.
The leaders were convicted because of terrorism and the Ministry of Justice said that they were executed. The senior terrorist leaders were hanged early the morning last Monday. They were executed after an incident that occurred in the police station located in Tikrit. It was reported that a suicide bomber rode on an oil tanker that has exploded in the police station and has killed a number of nine people and has wounded twenty others. The news was coming from an official in the Interior Ministry of the Iraqi government.
The area where the bombing occurred was just near Baghdad. Tikrit is also known as the hometown of Saddam Hussein, who was a former leader of Iraq. The Interior Ministry reported and incident which happened in Baghdad, a civilian and two other policemen died after being shot by a gunmen. There were also two other people wounded in the said incident. The situation that has been occurring in Iraq has been discussed in a parliamentary session last Monday. The Iraqi Prime Minister has tackled the security of the country during the meeting. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has also served as the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Military forces.
The capital of Iraq, Baghdad was attack by a series of car bombings including the city of Kirkuk in the North. The two locations were the target of the bombers. There were a total of 19 civilians who died in the explosion. There were also a total of a hundred people wounded. The loud and big car blasts was said to hit the Mosques and some areas of Baghdad in Jihad, Qahira, Zafaraniyah, and Binook. At this time of a scheduled Friday prayers at the Mosque, the Bombs exploded. The attacks in Baghdad occurred at the same time in the attacks coming from the city of Kirkuk
During the peak of insurgency, the attacks were at its lowest point. The violence in Iraq also decreased. Even if the violence was not that much in the year 2007, the series of bombings in different areas in Iraq are still common. An Al-Qaeda linked group like the Sunni Islamists Militants has already threatened to improve their attacks on their official targets in 2013 including the Shia. This said militant group was trying to weaken the Shia government.
The said blast occurred at the Shia Mosques just across Baghdad. There were a lot of Worshipers inside the mosque. There were thirty people badly wounded and sixteen who died during the incident. According to an AFP report, there were areas like the Qahira District was already described to be filled with blood. There were a lot of destruction and cars were damage. The shops and houses in the affected areas were also greatly damaged.