30 Jul '17, 3pm

Iraqis say they foiled ISIS plan to attack revered shrines

BAGHDAD — Iraqi intelligence officials said Sunday they foiled an attempt by the Islamic State group to attack revered Shiite shrines and the sect’s spiritual leader. The ISIS plan was to launch a series of suicide attacks in Karbala and Najaf that house the shrines as well as the home of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, two officers told The Associated Press. The simultaneous airstrikes by Iraqi and Russian air forces two weeks ago hit gatherings of suicide bombers in the Iraqi town of Qaim and in Syria’s Mayadeen area, both under ISIS control. They gave no details on casualties. Recent meetings with the Russians yielded increased intelligence sharing between the two nations, they said. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. Early this month, ISIS suffered a major blow as U.S.-backed Iraqi troops captured the northern city...

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