People look at a burned vehicle at the site of car bomb attack in a busy square at Baghdad's sprawling Sadr City district, in Iraq January 2, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
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Two days after Iraqi forces launched a new push against Daesh (ISIS) in Mosul, bomb blasts ripped through a marketplace in central Baghdad – the start of a spate of attacks that appear to signal a shift in tactics by the Islamist group.The attacks show that even if Daesh loses the Iraqi side of its self-styled caliphate, the threat from the group may not subside.In Iraq, U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are driving Daesh out of Mosul, its largest urban center in the vast territories it seized 2-1/2 years ago there and in neighboring Syria.Iraq's government is aware of the challenge it faces in stemming the Daesh threat after Mosul.Some militants went to ground in those areas, as Iraqi forces have dealt them a big blow there and in Mosul, the diplomat said.The battle for Mosul has brought some intelligence successes, according to military officials, who say local informers have been crucial in helping troops take on the militants.
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