In Iraq, a suicide bomb trainer for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham accidentally killed most of his class today in what US military officers often describe tongue-in-cheek as a “work accident” or a “premature detonation.” The New York Times has the details of the ISIS mishap:
Twenty-two ISIS members were killed, and 15 were wounded, in the explosion at the camp, which is in a farming area in the northeastern province of Samara, according to the police and army officials. Stores of other explosive devices and heavy weapons were also kept there, the officials said.
Eight militants were arrested when they tried to escape, the officials said.
The militant conducting the training was not identified by name, but he was described by an Iraqi Army officer as a prolific recruiter who was “able to kill the bad guys for once.”
While the thinning of the herd of ISIS suicide bombers is certainly a good thing for the Iraqis and Syrians who are to face their wrath, the missing subcontext of this story is a bit more disturbing. The fact that the ISIS is able to recruit such a large number of suicide bombers and then train them all in one place should be of great concern.
Additionally, how many more ISIS suicide camps are out there? Given the steady stream of suicide attacks the ISIS carries out in Iraq and Syria (the ISIS has enough capacity that it even uses suicide bombers against its Islamist rivals in the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in Syria), the answer is likely enough that today’s work accident won’t make much of a dent in ISIS operations.