The fifth phase of Operation Victory Will against Isis in Karbala and Najaf, on the border with Saudi Arabia, has ended. The ISF dismantle the logistics network and the shelters of the Islamic State between the two countries
The fifth phase of Operation Victory Will against Isis in Karbala and Najaf, on the border with Saudi Arabia, ends in Iraq. The ISF in a few days have scoured 32,467 kilometers in search of Islamic State cells, destroying two tunnels and seven militia shelters. They also captured three high-profile Daesh elements and dismantled a series of weapons depots, explosive ammunition and jihadist missiles. The objective of the maneuvers was to clear the border area with the neighboring country by the presence of IS elements and the infrastructures used to provide logistic support to the terrorists. Indeed, between the two nations there was a flow of men and materials, which was then redistributed among the fundamentalist groups in Iraq. From Baghdad to Ramadi, via Diyala, Nineveh, Kirkuk and Salahuddin.
The maneuvers were used to prevent also Daesh attacks in Karbala and Najaf during the Arbaen
Isis responded to Operation Victory Will in Karbala with an attack that killed at least ten civilians and injured many others. The ISF, however, managed to immediately arrest one of the responsible militiamen. Stopping the Islamic State jihadists in the area immediately was crucial. This is because the Shiite community of the Iraqi province is preparing to celebrate Arbaeen next month. For the occasion, thousands of pilgrims will visit the sacred cities of Karbala and Najaf. Consequently, there is a risk that Daesh will attempt to carry out attacks, as happened in the past years. Baghdad, however, preceded them this time, severely affecting the terrorists’ operational capacity, before they could act. In fact, in recent IS house searches, documents were found on possible attacks that should have been taken during Arbaen.