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Terrorists Accidentally Blow Themselves Up
Posted By Jared Ferris On February 12, 2014 @ 4:41 pm In International | Comments Disabled
It’s a story that seems more like satire then reality: An instructor at a training camp for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) accidentally detonated a bomb that killed him and 21 other militants.
The blast from the training camp, located less than 60 miles north of Bagdad, alerted Iraqi  authorities to its location and led to the arrest of another 23 militants.
A resident who lives near the training camp said , “I heard this today when my friend rang me in the afternoon to tell me about it. He was so happy as if he was getting married.”
A local shop owner said, “This is so funny. It shows how stupid they are, those dogs and sons of dogs.” But he added, “[I]t also gives me pain, as I remember all the innocent people that were killed here.”
Sadly, the incident is unlikely to make a dent  in ISIS’s operation. Within 24 hours of the training camp incident, ISIS militants attacked a group of Iraqi soldiers killing 15 of them . ISIS has become so radical that al-Qaeda recently broke ties  with the group, and there is now a competition  for power and influence between the two groups.
The resurgence of ISIS can be partially attributed  as spillover  from the civil war in Syria as well to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s heavy-handed  sectarian policies. But the Obama Administration’s counterterrorism polices also played a part in enabling ISIS’s resurgence, as The Heritage Foundation repeatedly  warned  they would.
To counter ISIS’s resurgence, the United States should rebuild a strong regional policy  for the Middle East—one that includes greater counterterrorism cooperation  between Iraq and the United States.
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URLs in this post:
 alerted Iraqi: http://world.time.com/2014/02/11/iraq-suicide-bomb-blast-isis/?iid=gs-main-lead
 said: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/world/middleeast/suicide-bomb-instructor-accidentally-kills-iraqi-pupils.html?ref=middleeast
 dent: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2014/02/isis_suicide_bomb_trainer_kill.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LongWarJournalSiteWide+%28The+Long+War+Journal+%28Site-Wide%29%29
 killing 15 of them: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/12/world/middleeast/islamic-extremists-slaughter-15-soldiers-in-northern-iraqi-city.html?ref=middleeast&_r=0
 broke ties: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/al-qaeda-disavows-any-ties-with-radical-islamist-isis-group-in-syria-iraq/2014/02/03/2c9afc3a-8cef-11e3-98ab-fe5228217bd1_story.html
 competition: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/02/isis-qaeda-zawahri-baghdadi-jihadist-syria-iraq.html
 reasserted: http://blog.heritage.org/2014/01/07/al-qaeda-resurges-iraq/
 1,000 people: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Feb-10/246887-21-militants-killed-by-own-car-bomb-iraqi-police.ashx#axzz2t1mk0SFL
 attributed: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/07/24/iraq-unravels-in-the-shadow-of-syrias-bloodbath/
 spillover: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/world/middleeast/iraq-faces-new-perils-from-syrias-civil-war.html?pagewanted=all
 heavy-handed: http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/malikis-policies-are-pushing-many-into-al-qaedas-camp
 repeatedly: http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2013/7/obama-administration-lags-behind-the-curve-on-syria
 warned: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/08/a-counterterrorism-strategy-for-the-next-wave
 strong regional policy: http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2014/1/the-perils-of-arming-iraq-to-beat-back-al-qaeda
 counterterrorism cooperation: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/11/greater-iraqi-american-cooperation-needed-on-counterterrorism-syria-and-iran
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