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The most violent attack by ISIS on the Iraqi Federal Police

The Security Media Cell of the Joint Operations Command and identical sources in Iraq announced that the death toll of the attack carried out by ISIS on a federal police checkpoint in Kirkuk Governorate (250 km north of Baghdad) amounted to 13 dead and dozens wounded.
The cell said in a statement that “the attack carried out by the terrorist organization on a checkpoint in the Astah area located between Al-Rashad district and Daquq district (45 km southwest of Kirkuk) resulted in the death of a number of federal police members.” And security sources reported yesterday that “the forensic medicine received 13 bodies belonging to members of the Federal Police.”
After the attack, the most violent of its kind in months, the terrorist organization planted explosive devices on the main road, where a number of devices exploded when the support arrived to relieve pressure on the point, which led to an increase in the death toll. According to an officer’s account to news agencies, the attack was large and various types of weapons were used, such as explosive devices and light and medium weapons. ISIS elements surprised an ISIS detachment at the checkpoint under cover of darkness, at a time when another group began to quickly set up explosive devices on the road with the aim of targeting Reinforcements were expected to arrive to secure that point, which caused additional casualties. According to the same officer, “the attack was large and lasted for several hours before a security force arrived at the scene of the accident, where they took over the transfer of the victims and the bodies of the dead to the forensic medicine.”
While the organization’s attacks in Anbar province have decreased relatively, the organization has begun to intensify its activities in the areas between the provinces of Kirkuk, Diyala and Nineveh. In Diyala province, ISIS planted a number of improvised explosive devices, which led to deaths and injuries in conjunction with the Kirkuk operation. According to an official security source in the province, “two explosive devices exploded in the Al-Abara district, northeast of Baquba, in the second attack within hours, killing one person and wounding a number of policemen, which prompted the people of the area to close the main road in protest against these repeated attacks.” Al-Abbara district, 15 km northeast of Baquba, is one of the hot spots that have witnessed continuous attacks and security incidents over the past years as a result of its rugged geographical nature and vast area.
Not far from Kirkuk and Diyala, ISIS continued its activities, as it kidnapped a farmer from the people of Jabal Makhmour, southeast of Mosul. In the details of the operation, according to the security sources there, “the ISIS group that clashed with the Iraqi army in Makhmour at dawn yesterday, kidnapped a farmer with his car near the village of (Kordipur) and he stayed with them as a hostage for fear of being pursued by the army.” The source added that “ISIS elements forced the farmer to move them to the outskirts of Makhmour Mountain, after which they left him in the open and took his car with them to an unknown destination.”
In Mosul itself, ISIS carried out an attack on a force of the 50th Brigade within the 14th Infantry Division, and after clashes between the aforementioned force and ISIS elements, three soldiers were killed. A security source there said, “A number of ISIS elements fell during the confrontation, but their comrades took them to the tunnels, and it was not possible to know the number of dead and wounded among their ranks.”
Given the frequent attacks in these areas, the Iraqi military command is planning to carry out a major military operation on the outskirts of Makhmour Mountain to put an end to these violations.
In addition, Iraqi political forces called for a change in military plans in how to confront ISIS, especially in the soft areas of Kirkuk, Diyala and Mosul. These forces issued statements calling for an end to such violations and to stop the bloodshed, whether between the military or the civilians of those areas.