Iraqi intelligence foils attacks on Shiite shrines, Sistani house
Several ISIS attacks targeting the house of Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani and Shiite shrines in Najaf, Karabla, Samarra cities and Kufa and Basra mosques, were foiled, Iraqi Intelligence Service announced on Sunday.
Abu Ali al-Basri, head of the Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Department at the Interior Ministry, said that ISIS planned three separate offensives led by leaders from outside Iraq.
Al-Basri also noted that terrorist group was planning to use booby-trapped bikes and tens of suicide bombers of different nationalities to carry out the attacks.
The attacks would have been launched in collaboration with gangs that facilitate the smuggling of arms and infiltration of suicide bombers into the targeted Iraqi cities, he added.
Basri further stated that a preemptive plan was implemented in coordination with joint operations command, adding that the Iraqi air force conducted an air raid on ISIS terrorists’ gatherings.
The Iraqi air force has destroyed seven ISIS posts and booby-trapped bikes in Mayadin district in eastern Syria and at the outskirts of Qa’im city near the Syrian border few hours prior to launching the terror attacks on the Iraqi cities, killing tens of the group’s terrorists, he added.
In June 2014, Sistani issued a fatwa calling for fight against ISIS and establishing Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS).
Since that date, many international and local human rights organizations accused IMIS of committing sectarian genocide against Sunni Arabs, in pursuit to carry out Mullah regime’s Shiite Crescent scheme.