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Iraq adopts new military tactic to deter terrorism after ISIS attacks

Following a series of ISIS attacks in the governorates of Kirkuk and Diyala that killed and injured at least 25 soldiers and civilians, Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani issued a set of directives to security leaders.

 

The directives from the new government were issued last week during a security meeting chaired by the Iraqi Prime Minister and attended by the Army Chief of Staff, the Deputy Commander of Joint Operations, and some senior security and military leaders from various types of security forces.

 

The meeting also allotted time to discuss recent security developments in the provinces of Kirkuk and Diyala. These provinces had two terrorist attacks that killed and injured several security personnel and civilians.

 

After listening to a detailed briefing on the two terrorist incidents, Al-Sudani ordered the military commanders to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the plans drawn up, to change the military tactics used in areas witnessing terrorist remnants’ activities, and to adopt unconventional methods of confrontation, in a way that weakens the capabilities of the terrorist elements of ISIS and limits their movement.

 

Furthermore, the prime minister directed all commanders to be on the ground in the operations sectors. This is to be close to the officers and their associates, to raise their morale, and to be directly involved in the planning and execution of field operations.

 

The directives went around emphasizing high coordination between intelligence agencies, high preparedness, and to conduct of qualitative and proactive operations against the enemy wherever they are.

 

It is worth noting that ISIS launched an attack last week on a military base north of Baghdad, killing a senior army officer and two other soldiers.

 

Then, earlier this week, he returned and attacked a federal police convoy in Kirkuk, killing nine officers.

 

It also carried out an attack on Tuesday in the Diyala governorate village of Al-Bobali, killing eight civilians.

 

It is worth noting that the organization controlled vast areas in Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014, but was defeated in both countries in 2017 and 2019. However, despite the declaration of victory, elements of the organization remain active in rural and remote areas of the country.

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