Booby-trapped Dolls- ISIS Targeting Children
Husseiniya, Iraq- There is something deeply despicable about targeting children for death. But that’s exactly what happened as Iraqi forces disabled 18 dolls filled with explosives in Northeastern Baghdad. The “gifts from Daesh” are attributed to the Islamic State.
The ISIS plan to kill Shia Muslims
Iraqi forces (ISF) from the 43rd Brigade, 11th Division found 18 dolls that had been booby-trapped in a suburb of northeast Baghdad – Husseiniya. The dolls were filled with explosives and had timers and triggers planted inside.
The plan was to leave the dolls scattered long a route taken by Shia adherents as they walked along a route from Baghdad to Karbala during the Arbaeen pilgrimage. The pilgrimage is an annual religious observance.
Millions of Shia Muslims walk the path every year. In 2014, there was a new record number of pilgrims, totaling 17.5 million people.
Arbaeen is the end of the 40-day mourning period following the anniversary of the death of the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, Imam Hussein.
Booby trapping ordinary items is not a new concept- the Germans did it in WWII. They even had a chocolate bar they planned to use to blow up Winston Churchill. They also filled cans of ordinary items like French Cassoulet or English red plums with explosives. Clothes brushes, shaving brushes, even explosives shaped like a lump of coal all could have been lethal.
The Vietnam war saw horrific and deadly booby traps.
But targeting children is truly despicable. If the little girls saw the dolls before someone could warn them, hundreds could have died. ISIS is a blight on humanity.
— Conflict News (@Conflicts) November 20, 2015
— Think AgainTurn Away (@ThinkAgain_DOS) November 21, 2015
What lowlife disgusting filth would booby trap a child’s toy? ISIS did: https://t.co/EzgLYiXfVU
— Hamo (@KekHamo) November 21, 2015