Al-Qaeda Surge: Iraq ‘drowning’ in terrorist attacks
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
In other separate incidents, three police officers, including a commander, were killed and three officers were wounded when gunmen attacked their patrol with grenades and gunfire on a main road near the village of Albu-Slaibi, the Israeli source said.
Elsewhere, gunmen attacked a police checkpoint and blew up a car loaded with explosives in the city of Tikrit, the hometown of the late Saddam Hussein, killing one police officer and wounding four others, while in the Iraqi city of Samarra, another car bomb went off near a police checkpoint and wounded three civilians. In Iraq’s western province of Anbar, mortar rounds landed on a residential area in the town of Rutba, some killing two people and wounding six others. Also in the same province, a car bomb struck a police patrol in the town of Khaldiyah killing two officers and wounding three others, including a police supervisor.
In Baghdad, a car bomb detonated near Uqba Bin Nafie Square in the city’s central district of Karrada, killing a civilian and wounding four others. Near Baghdad, three Iraqi soldiers were wounded when a roadside IED detonated near their patrol in the town of Tarmiyah, while two Iraqi cops were wounded in a separate IED explosion adjacent to their patrol sector in the town.
In Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, gunmen attacked the house of a tribal leader late Sunday at a village east of Baghdad, and killed the leader’s son, grandson and an unknown woman. On Monday morning, the same attackers allegedly returned and this time detonated three bombs at a funeral tent set up for their victims from the previous day, thereby killing three more people and wounding about 10 others, said the Law Enforcement Examiner source.
Also in that same province, three people were killed on Monday in eight bomb and gunfire attacks, including two car bombings. The attacks came after a series of bomb attacks struck the city of Kirkuk Sunday night, which killed at least 11 people and wounded some 50 others.
Observers claim these terrorist attacks are part of an attempt by al-Qaeda to maintain their activity in Iraq while a large number of their members are fighting in the Syrian rebellion against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
“They wish to show that they are capable fighting a full-blown war in Syria, while still carrying out coordinated and high-profile attacks to undermine the Iraqi government’s promise of providing security to Iraqis,” Lt. Roddler said.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.