A car bomb in Baghdad’s Shi’ite Sadr City district killed 12 people and wounded 30 in a crowded outdoor market, police and hospital officials said.
No-one has yet claimed responsibility for the blast, but attacks targeting Shi’ite districts are routinely the work of Sunni militants, who in the last week have captured vast swathes of the country and are pressing towards the capital.
The bombing came as an expert warned the insurgency by ISIS is likely to morph from its current lightning offensive to guerrilla-style warfare as the militants encounter tougher resistance around Baghdad.
Dr David Roberts, a lecturer in international relations and security in the Gulf region at King’s College University based in Qatar, believes ISIS have ‘no real aspiration’ to take Baghdad, but would instead aim to ’cause havoc and increase divides’.
He told MailOnline: ‘It doesn’t strike me as a realistic aim. They are crazy in one sense of course, but have thus far been making rational intelligent strategic decisions.
‘Committing forces to take Baghdad, which is what you’d need to do to take it, is not a good use of their resources.’
His comments came as it emerged ISIS militants are offering a rough travel guide for would-be jihadists in an attempt to recruit young Britons to Iraq and Syria.