Al Qaeda in Iraq conducted yet another suicide bombing today, the 14th such attack since mid-June. From Reuters:
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a mourning ceremony inside a Shi’ite mosque in Iraq late on Monday, killing at least 22 people, police said.
The explosion brought down the ceiling of the mosque in the town of Muqdadiya, 80 km (50 miles) northeast of the capital Baghdad, crushing Shi’ites who were mourning the death of a police officer in a recent roadside bombing.
Police said the death toll could rise because people remained trapped beneath the rubble.
While most of the current focus in the Middle East is on the Syrian civil war, al Qaeda in Iraq has been flexing its muscle and has stepped up its suicide campaign as well as IED and more conventional attacks. At this time, al Qaeda in Iraq is evidently having no problem cranking out recruits to conduct suicide bombings. In the past 16 days, al Qaeda in Iraq has executed 14 suicide attacks, according to a count by The Long War Journal.
Some of the attacks have targeted security forces and government officials, as well as politicians. But others are clearly directed at Iraqi Shia and Turkmen. Al Qaeda in Iraq has been openly trying to reignite sectarian strife since February 2012, when spokesman Abu Muhammad al ‘Adnani berated Iraqi Shia in a lengthy speech [see Threat Matrix report, Al Qaeda in Iraq rails at Shias, claims deadly attacks].
Suicide attacks in Iraq since mid-June
July 1, 2013:
A suicide bomber killed 22 Iraqis in an attack inside a Shia mosque in Muqdadiyah.
June 28, 2013:
A suicide bomber killed four people at a funeral in Dujail.
June 25, 2013:
A pair of al Qaeda in Iraq suicide bombers killed 16 people in an attack that targeted Turkmen in Tuz Khurmatu. Another suicide bomber killed 10 Iraqis in Mosul.
June 24, 2013:
A suicide bomber killed a soldier and a police officer in Mosul. Another suicide bomber killed a policeman at a university campus in Tikrit.
June 23, 2013:
A suicide assault team killed three policemen in Hawija.
June 22, 2013:
June 20, 2013:
A suicide bomber killed seven people in an attack at a vote-counting center in Ramadi.
June 19, 2013:
A suicide bomber killed a political leader and four of his family members in an attack at a gathering at the politician’s home in Ninewa province.
June 18, 2013:
A suicide bomber killed 15 Iraqis in an attack on a Shia mosque in Baghdad.
June 17, 2013:
A suicide bomber killed three Iraqi policemen in Fallujah.
June 16, 2013:
A suicide bomber killed 11 Iraqis in an attack inside a cafe in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad.
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