The attack claimed the lives of 324 innocent civilians, many of them children. More than 200 additional civilians were injured in the attack.
On July 28, the BBC released an article summarizing some key characteristics of the Karrada explosion, which set it apart from other IED attacks carried out by ISIS thus far. It seems the militants deployed a new kind of bomb.
Consider — there was no visible crater at the seat of the explosion. The explosion did not cause serious structural damage to the nearest buildings. Many witnesses report sensing extreme heat after the blast. And several experts estimate that the initial blast killed 20 to 30 people, whereas the remaining 300 were killed by secondary fires.
These characteristics are unique, because they appear to indicate that ISIS did not rely exclusively on conventional explosives for the main charge in the Karrada VBIED.
Thank God that ISIS is over there, and has shown neither the means nor the ability to strike beyond the borders of its own little enclave. Or even to influence co-religionists far afield to stage attacks in its name. And if they did, by golly, our G-men would be on them like crosshairs on a Kennedy, that is, the few lucky ones who got across our carefully guarded borders. Whew!
Think it can’t happen here? Just you wait…