Historically, Ramadan has been an opportune time for groups like ISIS to launch attacks on the civilian population. The trend continued on Tuesday when two bombs exploded in Baghdad, killing at least 31. The first bomb was remotely detonated outside of an ice cream shop which was populated with many people enjoying their break from the Ramadan fast. The second attack was a car bomb detonated outside of a building where people collect government pensions. As ISIS continues to lose ground in Mosul, people fear that such attacks will increase as ISIS resorts to last ditch efforts to maintain strength.
2017-05-31 Iraq (The Guardian) – An Islamic State car bomb that targeted families eating ice-cream after breaking their Ramadan fast has killed at least 17 people and wounded 32 more in southern Baghdad.
The blast outside a popular shop in the Karrada district of the Iraqi capital was followed by another attack, outside an office where people collect their government pensions, which killed 14 and wounded at least 37, according to police.
Isis quickly claimed responsibility for the first attack on early Tuesday morning, which Iraqi officials said appeared to involve remotely detonated explosives inside a parked car.
The militant group later also claimed responsibility for the second attack, saying its suicide bombers had targeted gatherings of Shia Muslims.
The death toll of 31 from the two attacks was the highest over a 24-hour period in Baghdad for several months.
The attacks will exacerbate fears that Isis will use Ramadan to intensify its campaign against civilians as it continues to lose ground in Mosul.