Hagel paid an unexpected visit to Baghdad on Tuesday. He also met and conferred with the Iraqi President, Fouad Masum, on the security developments in Iraq.
The Iraqi Defense Minister, Khaled al-Obeidi, in his remarks on Tuesday said that the situation in Iraq is improving, while calling on the residents of the Iraqi city of Biji to return to their homes and hearths after liberation of this city from the yoke of terrorists. A number of regions in northern Iraq were occupied by the ISIL terrorist outfit as of a few months ago. But, the Iraqi security and popular forces have liberated some of these regions.
ISIL terrorist group has committed horrific and despicable crimes in Iraq, with the support of the West and the US.
The Human Rights Watch has reported on the captivity of 1,500 children from the Yazidi minority group in the city of Musel by ISIL terrorists. The operations of the US-led coalition against ISIL are yet to make any significant achievement.
The Iraqi army and popular forces are currently fighting ISIL terrorists in different regions of this country, while the Iraqi Parliament Speaker, Salim al-Jabouri, went to the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Tuesday morning, heading a delegation, in order to become aware of the situation in this city.
Meanwhile, one of the senior Iraqi army commanders, Colonel Araak al-Dalimi, has pointed out that the Iraqi security forces have killed fifty ISIL terrorists and have wounded dozens of other gunmen.
According to Iraqi security forces, a bomb went off in southern Baghdad on Tuesday, killing four people and wounding fifteen others. Some of the wounded are in critical conditions.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi government and police have made especial security arrangements for pilgrims of the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussein in the city of Karbala, marking of the 40th day after the anniversary of martyrdom of the Third Infallible Heir of Prophet Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny), Imam Hussein (Peace be upon him), which is known as Arba’een.
Arba’een is marked on December 13, 2014.