Rudaw: “Now, as the Iraqielite bicker over the formation of the next government to rule a country reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, locals and Iraqi army officers familiar with the terrain fear the worst. The regrouping Islamic State (ISIS) remains a real threat. In March alone, ISIS militants killed two American soldiers in the rugged mountains around Makhmour, not far from their base at Qayyarah. Subsequent rocket attacks, suspected to be carried out by Shia militia allied with Iran killed two American soldiers and one British personnel.”