10/09/2016 from Hong Kong
-2 Bomb attacks in Baghdad Mall caused 11 death and 29 injuries
-ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks through an online statement
-Suicide bombers detonated a car bomb and an explosive belt respectively
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) September 10, 2016
The reason behind ISIS attacking this mall in Baghdad is not only because of the crowd but also because of Muslims going there in preparation for the celebration of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. This implies that this bombing acted by ISIS is not solely for attacking the people in the mall, but the sanctity of the tradition being a time of celebration and peace; this brings into remembrance the attacks during the holy month of Ramadan. It shows that IS was trying to sabotage the Muslims’ traditional routine and this is an act of them violating the normal lives of the Muslims. This symbolizes that ISIS’ expressed rejection of the idea that Muslims have a choice between War and Peace. Thus, radicalizing the religious conflict between the Muslims and the ISIS.
Plus, violence and armed conflicts acted by ISIS have killed 691 Iraqis and wounded 1,016 others in August across Iraq by far and this may lead to a stronger reaction from the Iraqi government and its allies.