Signs revealing the isolation of the terrorist Al-Qaeda organization and Iraqi society’s rejection of it have increased lately. The organization’s activity has as a result become more limited to foreign terrorists that have been brought to Iraq via smuggling networks and deceived into carrying out terrorist attacks.
On Monday, May 25, the Iraqi authorities disclosed the killing of two Syrian terrorists and the arrest of a number of others during a raid carried out in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. This follows the announcement only a few days ago of the arrest by the Iraqi forces of another Syrian terrorist during an attempt to detonate his suicide vest bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
In a statement of which Mawtani obtained a copy, Baghdad Operations Leadership said that acting on intelligence information, a joint force from the Directorate of Internal Affairs in the Interior Ministry along with a force from the 8th Brigade of the National Police raided a terrorist den in the 702nd quarter in the Al-Ghadir region east of Baghdad.
The statement added that during the raid, the force clashed with the terrorists and was able to kill two Syrian nationals and arrest two others. The force also seized and disarmed a Kia that had been rigged as a car bomb carrying sand and aluminum pipes.
The General Director for Anti-Explosives, Major General Jihad Al-Jabiri, said during a press conference on the affair that the Iraqi forces found nearly 1.5 tons of explosives in the terrorist den.
Al-Jabiri explained that the house was completely booby-trapped and that the Iraqi forces were successful in dismantling the bombs as well as the booby-trapped Kia truck.
For its part, Iraqi Government Television (Iraqiya Channel) showed pictures of the booby-trapped Kia and the explosives that were found inside the terrorists’ house, along with bomb-making materials.
The station reported Interior Minister Jawad Al-Bolani’s statement that the raid began at 3AM in the morning on Monday and ended at 7AM the same day. He confirmed that those arrested were Arab terrorists.
Al-Bolani said that the operation was successful by all measures and that the Iraqi forces did not suffer any losses, with the exception of three wounded policemen.
The operation reveals that the terrorist Al-Qaeda organization has not succeeded in gaining the goodwill of the Iraqi citizenry and that it has been forced to rely on foreign terrorists to carry out its attacks and killing of civilians in Iraq.
The operation also reveals the growing capabilities of the intelligence arm of the Iraqi forces, which succeeded in surrounding the den of the terrorists and killing a number of them while arresting others in only four hours, even though the target was a major Al-Qaeda one.