The Islamic State (ISIS) renewed its threats against Iraqi forces in a video published on Monday – the same day it attacked a militia in the city of Samarra, north of Baghdad.
In the video, a militant named Abu al-Miqdad al-Iraqi vows ISIS will fight as he is surrounded by masked men with weapons in a desert area.
“This structure [of] Jihadism grows in strength and become more powerful,” said al-Iraqi in the video. “Holy operations have not ended with God’s blessing. They indeed are getting more intense by the day.”
The video was posted on one of ISIS’ channels on the encrypted Telegram messaging service.
ISIS is currently experiencing a resurgence in the country. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Peshmerga Affairs said a lack of security in some areas is allowing the group to re-establish itself.
“The existing security vacuum has given Daesh terrorists a golden opportunity to regroup,” Shoresh Ismail told journalists in August, using the Arabic-language acronym for the group.
Also on Monday, ISIS attacked the Saraya al-Salam militia, which is controlled by fiery Shiite cleric and politician Muqtada al-Sadr in Samarra – north of Baghdad. Sadr also heads the Sayirun bloc – the largest in the Iraqi parliament. Two fighters from the group died in the ambush. Saraya al-Salam is part of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), or Hashd al-Shaabi, that formed in 2014 to fight ISIS.