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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 [1] authorities to its location and led to the arrest of another 23 militants.

A resident who lives near the training camp said [2], “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 [3] in ISIS’s operation. Within 24 hours of the training camp incident, ISIS militants attacked a group of Iraqi soldiers killing 15 of them [4]. ISIS has become so radical that al-Qaeda recently broke ties [5] with the group, and there is now a competition [6] for power and influence between the two groups.

ISIS (formally al-Qaeda in Iraq), has reasserted [7] itself throughout Iraq and Syria. Last month alone, more than 1,000 people [8] were killed in attacks across Iraq.

The resurgence of ISIS can be partially attributed [9] as spillover [10] from the civil war in Syria as well to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s heavy-handed [11] sectarian policies. But the Obama Administration’s counterterrorism polices also played a part in enabling ISIS’s resurgence, as The Heritage Foundation repeatedly [12] warned [13] they would.

To counter ISIS’s resurgence, the United States should rebuild a strong regional policy [14] for the Middle East—one that includes greater counterterrorism cooperation [15] between Iraq and the United States.

Jared Ferris is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please click here [16].

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[1] alerted Iraqi: http://world.time.com/2014/02/11/iraq-suicide-bomb-blast-isis/?iid=gs-main-lead

[2] said: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/world/middleeast/suicide-bomb-instructor-accidentally-kills-iraqi-pupils.html?ref=middleeast

[3] 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

[4] 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

[5] 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

[6] competition: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/02/isis-qaeda-zawahri-baghdadi-jihadist-syria-iraq.html

[7] reasserted: http://blog.heritage.org/2014/01/07/al-qaeda-resurges-iraq/

[8] 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

[9] attributed: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/07/24/iraq-unravels-in-the-shadow-of-syrias-bloodbath/

[10] spillover: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/world/middleeast/iraq-faces-new-perils-from-syrias-civil-war.html?pagewanted=all

[11] heavy-handed: http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/malikis-policies-are-pushing-many-into-al-qaedas-camp

[12] repeatedly: http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2013/7/obama-administration-lags-behind-the-curve-on-syria

[13] warned: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/08/a-counterterrorism-strategy-for-the-next-wave

[14] strong regional policy: http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2014/1/the-perils-of-arming-iraq-to-beat-back-al-qaeda

[15] counterterrorism cooperation: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/11/greater-iraqi-american-cooperation-needed-on-counterterrorism-syria-and-iran

[16] click here: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm

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