On 8 November 2020, members of the Islamic State militant group assaulted an army post in Baghdad’s southwestern district of al-Radhwaniya, which is located approximately 15 km (9 mi) south of Baghdad International Airport (ORBI/BGW). Members of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) were guarding the post, which is a monitoring tower. At least five members of the PMF and six civilians were killed in the assault. Eight others, including Iraqi soldiers, were wounded in the attack.

Analyst Comment: While IS routinely conducts attacks in former IS-held territories, such as Mosul and Kirkuk, similar attacks occur less frequently in Baghdad. The aforementioned attack underscores the continued threat posed by IS militants in Baghdad.