At Least 80 Killed by ISIS In Iraq

Vastavam web: Gunmen and suicide car bombers killed at least 74 people Thursday near the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, in the deadliest attack claimed by the ISIS since it lost second city Mosul. The assailants struck at midday, opening fire on a restaurant before getting into a car and blowing themselves up at a nearby security checkpoint, officials said.
They left a trail of destruction, with charred bodies scattered on the ground near the burnt-out wrecks of cars, buses and trucks, an AFP correspondent on the spot said. The attack was quickly claimed by ISIS, which appears to be switching to insurgent attacks after suffering a string of setbacks on the battlefield. The Sunni extremists have been sliding from defeat to defeat in Iraq and Syria, three years after declaring a cross-border “caliphate”. Thursday’s attack killed at least 74 people, including seven Iranians, and left another 93 wounded, said Abdel Hussein al-Jabri, deputy health chief for the mainly Shiite province of Dhiqar.