Militants target Iraq security ahead of polls

Militants target Iraq security ahead of polls

Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:24PM GMT

Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants have stepped up their terrorist attacks in Iraq to disrupt its security in the run-up to the country’s parliamentary elections, Press TV reports.

Militants from the so-celled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who have been fighting government troops in the country’s western regions, including Anbar province, have increasingly targeted Iraqi security forces and civilians.

In their latest attempt, the ISIL militants closed all gates of a Euphrates river dam they control in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in Anbar on Monday.

The citizens of Fallujah have called on the Iraqi government to attack the al-Qaeda-linked militants as they believe this would put an end to the bloodshed in the city and other parts of the country.

“The militants bombarded bridges, cut off water and killed innocent people, now I think the government will carry out a military strike on Fallujah to eliminate the last stronghold of terrorists in Anbar,” political analyst Adnan al-Siraj told Press TV.

On Monday, at least 15 people, including a policeman, were killed and several others injured in attacks across Iraq.

The country is preparing for parliamentary polls set for April 30.

Violence broke out in Anbar in December 2013, when the army removed an anti-government protest camp in the city of Ramadi.

Authorities said the camp was used as “headquarters for the leadership of al-Qaeda.” The bloodshed later spread to the nearby city of Fallujah.

Analysts say terrorist groups such as the ISIL are coming to Iraq from neighboring Syria and Saudi Arabia to undermine security in the country.

The Iraqi government has blamed Riyadh for the chaos, saying the Saudi regime is funding and arming militants fighting against forces in the country’s western areas.


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