31 killed in a suicide bombing that targeted a gathering of Shia Muslims in Baghdad

Key details:

15/10/2016 from HongKong

-55 people were killed in Iraq in attacks on Saturday that targeted a Shi’ite Muslim gathering, and the members of the gathering are opposed to IS.

-Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement.

 

 

Assessment:

This bomb attack can be regarded as a protest or a threat from the IS since it has lost its territory to the US-backed Iraqi government forces and Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias. In addition, the Islamic State has intensified bomb attacks in government-held areas ever since in this year, against shopping mall and the groups that state opposition to IS. The suicide bombing and the shootings can be seemed as challenges from the IS to the territorial authority, and there will be more of them if Iraq doesn’t react properly.