On August 13, 2015 ISIS displayed yet again their disregard for Shia Muslims as they orchestrated one of the deadliest attacks against this group in Baghdad this year. Early Thursday morning a refrigerated truck filled with explosives detonated in the Jamila market in the Shia neighborhood of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq. This attack occurred in the early morning as the market was packed with traders buying supplies for their stores. The numbers of casualties is still rising but according to Reuters 76 were killed and 212 are injured.
ISIS, who has taken responsibility for this attack, claimed that they attacked this area because they believed it was a “stronghold” for the Shia militias they are fighting in northern Iraq. Their supposed attack against the “Infidels” This attack further shows that ISIS has embarked on a campaign to systematically eliminate Shia Muslims through various death campaigns. While the bombing in Jamila has been extremely deadly, it is by no means a unique event. Bombings such as this have occurred on an almost deadly basis in Shia neighborhoods throughout Baghdad. Conditions imposed on Shia communities in this city have severely hindered the free movement of residents of this city.
Details about the bombing at Jamila are developing and any further updates can be found both on our website and on our social media platforms.