Hashemi said the government should also “activate local security in the markets and places of worship by resorting to the local police. Local security cannot be established through the militarization of cities and by setting up checkpoints that obstruct roads. Rather it can be achieved by finding digital and technical solutions to the problem of detecting bombs.”
Most local or Arab statements condemning the bombings that rocked Baghdad urged Iraqi political parties to overcome their disputes and reach political and national reconciliation for the country’s political and security stability.
Secretary-General of the Arab League Nabil al-Araby stressed in a statement May 11, “The Arab League supports the efforts deployed by the Iraqi government to eliminate IS and fight terrorism and extremist groups.”
He called on “all Iraqi political leaders to unify their voices and end the political divide to prevent radical terrorist organizations and groups from sowing discord, sparking sectarian strife and undermining Iraq’s security and stability.”
The bombings that struck the Iraqi capital last week may have proven again that terrorism is quickly spreading and carefully timed. On the morning of May 11, Baghdad’s Sadr City was attacked, on the eastern side of the Tigris River; at night, the Shiite area of al-Kadhimiya and Sunni area of Hayy al-Jami’a in Karkh, on the western side of the capital, were targeted by bomb attacks.
In light of this situation, the Iraqi political elites should come up with plans to fortify Iraqi cities and protect them from terror attacks. However, this can only be achieved once the internal political disputes are resolved and a solution that ensures political stability, and consequently security and stability, is reached.
(Terrorism image via Shutterstock)