17 more killed in Baghdad; ISIS claims responsibility

ISIS is going after the Shiites again, this time in a suicide attack at an entrance to a Shiite area in Baghdad. The New York Times reports:

A suicide bomber attacked a security check point in northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi officials said.

The bomber, who was on foot, detonated his device at one of the busy entrances of the Shiite district of Kadhimiyah, killing at least 10 civilians and four policemen, a police officer said. At least 31 other people were wounded, he added.

Three more civilians were killed and 11 wounded in a bomb explosion in an outdoor market in Baghdad’s western suburb of Abu Ghraib, another police officer said.

Two medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

In an online statement, IS group claimed responsibility for the Kadhimiyah attack, saying it targeted a gathering of security forces and Shiite militia members.

This report got only a small space in the Times, and would of course have been headlines had it been in Europe or the U.S., but I impute the differential coverage to cultural dissimilarity, which is negatively correlated with empathy. At any rate, there are 17 more families and social networks left bereft, and again this is internecine fighting—among Muslims. This is all on top of the 80 people killed yesterday in an ISIS-motivated suicide attack on the Shiite Hazari sect.

I wonder, since most Islamist violence is targeted at Muslims, whether this will eventually breed a general Muslim opprobrium that will tame the violence.


  1. GBJames
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 8:31 am | Permalink


  2. Geoffrey Howe
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    I don’t know if it’s cultural dissimilarity as much as it is dog bites man.

    “Violence in the Middle East” yet again. ISIS kills a bunch of Muslims for not being Muslim enough. It’s just not really news anymore. Reporting on individual incidents just aren’t really all that necessary anymore, because ISIS is at war with everyone who isn’t ISIS.

    It’s unfortunate, but it’s hard to get worked up over one more battle in a war, even if it’s not a traditional war.

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted July 24, 2016 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      Yes – we’ve become relatively inured to this kind of stuff.

      What strikes me is that we’re slowly acclimatising to the same situation in Europe – the Nice attack was horrific, and people were horrified by it, but I got the overall impression that there was less coverage of this than there was of the Bataclan assaults. I also notice that comparatively small-scale attacks like the recent ones in France and Germany, the stabbings, are gradually dropping down the news schedules. Within a day they’d pretty much vanished from the media, whereas previous, similar attacks have been the subjects of editorials, current-affairs debates, magazine front pages, for weeks afterwards. It’s the gradual, inevitable process of acclimatisation.

      I’d be quite interested to know if this drop-off in press coverage has been studied – I would’ve thought it was relatively straightforward to statistically demonstrate the difference between ‘man-bites-dog’ news and ‘dog-bites-man’ news, and how the former morphs into the latter if it happens with sufficient regularity.

      • Posted July 24, 2016 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

        Yes. I rarely blog about Islamist terror anymore. There is just too much of it.

  3. BobTerrace
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    I wonder, since most Islamist violence is targeted at Muslims, whether this will eventually breed a general Muslim opprobrium that will tame the violence.

    From your mouth… to Muslim ears.

  4. somer
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    I think part of the problem is Muslims like to blame anything that isn’t Islam for their problems and the regressive left always provides cover.

    • Stephen
      Posted July 24, 2016 at 11:02 am | Permalink

      For starters, the Muslim world has to own up that Israel and/or The US are NOT the cause of all their problems. I even saw that the 2004 Xmas Earthquake and Tsunami was blamed on secret Israeli/American undersea nuclear tests. The Israelis are no saints – I lived in the West Bank for three years – but to believe Israel/America is behind every little bad thing that happens in the Muslim world is freaking backward.

      • somer
        Posted July 24, 2016 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

        “but to believe Israel/America is behind every little bad thing that happens in the Muslim world is freaking backward.”
        but they are so supported in this backwardness by “progressive” leftists who should know better

    • Cindy
      Posted July 24, 2016 at 1:18 pm | Permalink


  5. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Suspect that you are right. ISIS is not gaining much popularity by continuing to kill/murder Muslims. The entire concept is a loser and will defeat itself.

    Because of modern media and everything gets immediate news coverage, people get the idea that what the republicans say is true. It’s all doom and gloom. The reality is quite different. Just like the pathetic speech that the new leader of the republican party gave the other night, it was mostly wrong or just simple lies. They will continue to spin garbage for their followers, but just like ISIS, success will not be coming.

  6. Tom
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    There will be no chance of peace until the Ulema in Saudi Arabia is reformed or dissolved.
    The government -of SA by providing the money to the Ulema, were responsible for its militant proselytising throughout the Sunni world which has done much to destabilise many governments.
    These geriatric zealots must be put firmly back under Government control and only the younger generation which they have so diligently tried to corrupt can do this, if the will is still there.

    • somer
      Posted July 24, 2016 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      All the schools have jihadist teachings extolling continuous holy war on unbelievers in their lawbooks – Wahhabis just insist it is still relevant and insist on it being acted on

  7. Posted July 24, 2016 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    I think that the only near future outcome of Muslim violence against Muslims will be more Muslim violence against Muslims.

  8. keith cook + / -
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    “I wonder, since most Islamist violence is targeted at Muslims, whether this will eventually breed a general Muslim opprobrium that will tame the violence.”

    I suspect and hope this could have some truth as has been stated before by yourself and others, if pacification of Islam’s kill doctrine is ever going to occur it has to come from within and stop with the “it is the will of Allah”.
    These muslims would have to become aggressive with courage in their condemnation of these acts, a hard starting point because it usually means persecution or a death sentence to the messenger.

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