ISIS terrorist blows himself up; it backfires on his own leaders

An ISIS member took “fragging” to a whole new level when he decided to carry out a suicide mission against the Islamic State’s leadership.

According to the Iran Front Page:

[O]n Sunday (June 25), an ISIS suicide attacker, wearing an explosive belt, detonated himself among a number of the terrorist groups’ leaders who had convened in the Iraqi town of al-Qa’im, located 350 kilometres west of Ramadi, near the Syrian border.

Some of the ISIS elements and leaders were either killed or injured in the explosion, a security official of al-Anbar Province in western Iraq, told the Iraqi TV channel Alsumaria News.

He added the self-detonation was a consequence of the numerous defeats the ISIS has suffered in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, while operations will also be launched soon to liberate the western regions of al-Anbar Province from the terrorist group.

Since three years ago, Iraqi towns of al-Qa’im, Rawa and Anah have been under the ISIS control. This comes as Iraqi forces are preparing to recapture these cities.

Given we know nothing about the identity of the man responsible, we don’t know if he was a jihadist who had become disillusioned with ISIS, or someone forced to fight for the group who had no other way out. Another possibility is since fighters rarely surrender, the only option for fighters tapped is suicide. The fatalities of his fellow jihadists could’ve been accidental.

Regardless of the context, ISIS certainly seems to be resigning in Mosul. Last week they blew up the Grand al-Nura Mosque of Mosul, the mosque from which ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance, and declared a caliphate.

Only a few hundred ISIS fighters are believed to be left in Mosul, a city that was once a major stronghold for the terror group.

As the stench of death fills the streets of Mosul (literally) from the bodies of killed ISIS fighters, surely there must be a shortage of virgins in paradise by now.

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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