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Top Iraqi general formally appointed as Baghdad security chief

Iran Press TV

Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:41PM

Iraq's premier has reportedly named a senior general as new head of the Baghdad Operations Command after he sacked high-ranking officials in charge of security in the capital in the wake of the Daesh-claimed bloodshed in Karradah.

On Thursday, Major General Jalil Jabbar al-Rubaie formally replaced Lieutenant General Abdul Amir al-Shammari to lead Baghdad's security operations under a decree by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, local media reported.

Abadi issued the decree during a meeting of senior security commanders in Baghdad, where they also discussed plans to pursue the terrorists and promote the security situation in the violence-hit city.

On July 8, the Iraqi leader fired three senior security officials of Baghdad, including Shammari, after a huge bomb explosion ripped through a busy shopping district in the capital's Karradah neighborhood and left nearly 300 people dead.

Iraqi Interior Minister Mohammad Gabban also stepped down following the fatal blast, blaming a lack of communications between multiple forces in charge of the Baghdad security.

The bomb attack, which was claimed by the Takfiri Daesh terror group, was the largest to hit Baghdad in more than a decade.

The bloody incident caused outrage among public, who criticized what they called the inadequacy of emergency services and security apparatus in Baghdad.

Small-scale bombings occur on a near-daily basis in Baghdad.

The capital has seen a dramatic rise in such terror attacks over the past weeks, most of them claimed by Daesh.

In May, a string of larger attacks, many of them claimed by Daesh, killed more than 200 people in a single week.

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, a total of 662 Iraqis were killed and another 1,457 wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in June.

A great portion of the fatalities was recorded in Baghdad, where 236 civilians were killed.

The rise in Daesh terror attacks come as the Takfiri outfit has been taking heavy blows from Iraqi forces on the battlefield.

Iraqi army and volunteer forces have liberated several key cities from Daesh and are preparing for a final push to retake Mosul City, the terror group's main stronghold in the Arab country.

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