- Posted August 23, 2013 by
Terrorism in Iraq is ripe and Al Qaeda is trying to extend its lethal arm across Iraq towards the south of the country to control people through fear and uncertainty.
The increasing death toll, the targeting of civilians all over the country and presently the southern governorates of Iraq represent a clear call for devising a comprehensive intelligence system that is capable of standing in the face of terrorists.
The constant targeting of the governorate of Dhi Qar and other southern governorates is intended to send a message of threat that the people of these relatively secure locations are not far from our reach. However, this does not exempt the Iraqi security forces from shouldering their responsibilities.
No doubt there is a wide security breach embodied in the weak cooperation and coordination between different security forces, which impedes and disrupts their ability to work and counter terrorism.
A good idea to fight terrorism anywhere is to have one solid bloc of intelligence units which belong to different security forces and government groups that work together as a single team throughout the governorate.
Having such a task force on hand working 24x7 will mean that all the void gaps in intelligence information gathering will be filled, thus leaving terrorists without a cover or refuge.
It is time that the security apparatus in Iraq wakes up and wise up as well.
Shirwan Al Waely
Former Minister of Iraqi National Security
Parliament Member and Head of the