ISIS bomb maker accidentally blows himself up with his own explosives in Iraq

ISIS bomb maker accidentally blows himself up with his own explosives in Iraq

On Monday of this week (29th October), reports emerged that Abu Moaaz - a bomb maker for the terrorist group, ISIS - accidentally killed himself. According to a source speaking to Baghdad Today, "An Islamic State bomb maker lost his life Monday while trying to manufacture explosive charges in Diyala province."

The source also disclosed that Moaaz was "one of the most dangerous terrorists" amongst the group, and that "he was wanted on several terror charges".

In the past few months alone, he had been implicated in the killing of a number of policemen and civilians - all of whom died from bomb blasts.

The fine details of his death have not been disclosed, and media only reports that he lost his life while trying to manufacture "explosive charges" in al-Waqf basin, just 25 km outside of Baqubah.

TOPSHOT - A fighter from Jaish al-Islam (Islam Army), the foremost rebel group in Damascus province who fiercely oppose to both the regime and the Islamic State group, holds a position in Harasta Qantara, near Marj al-Sultan on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, on January 23, 2016, during clashes with government forces after they infiltrated into the government-held area. / AFP / AMER ALMOHIBANY (Photo credit should read AMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP/Getty Images) Credit: Getty

ISIS has been broadly present in Iraq since 2014, at which point they took over territory that borders Syria, with whom they have been waging war. In the last year or so, however, the terror group was driven out of all of Iraq's major cities, and have been left to fight their campaign in small, disbanded groups.

In December last year, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi actually declared a "final victory" over the group, but - evidently - there are still some members active and present on Iraqi soil.

Even if Iraq is getting close to victory, however, a great deal of damage has still been done. As reported in Iraqi News:

"The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs."

A man looks at the rubble of buildings destroyed in the clashes between DAESH militants and Kurdish armed armed groups in the center of the Syrian town of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab), Aleppo on March 12, 2015 after it has been freed from DAESH militants. (Photo by Halil Fidan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Credit: Getty

Earlier this year, Donald Trump made it clear that he wanted American troops out of the fight against ISIS as soon as possible.

"I want to get out," said back in April. "I want to bring our troops back home. I want to start rebuilding our nation. We will have, as of three months ago, spent seven trillion dollars in the Middle East over the last 17 years. We get nothing—nothing out of it, nothing."

On another occasion, the president promised his supporters: "We're knocking the hell out of ISIS. We'll be coming out of Syria like very soon. Let the other people take care of it now."

Still, despite his multiple claims that the terrorist group have been "defeated", American troops remain on foreign soil in order to fight against them.

TOPSHOT - A member of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) raises the victory gesture as others hold upside-down the black flag of the Islamic State (IS) group, outside the destroyed Al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City of Mosul, after the area was retaken from IS, on June 30, 2017. Explosions on June 21 evening levelled the mosque, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave his first sermon as leader of the Islamic State group and its ancient minaret. Iraq will declare victory in the eight-month battle to retake second city Mosul from jihadists in the 'next few days,' a senior commander said on June 30, 2017. Iraqi forces launched the gruelling battle for Mosul on October 17, 2016, advancing to the city and retaking its eastern side before setting their sights on the smaller but more densely populated west. / AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images) Credit: Getty

The death of Abu Moaaz is certainly not one that will be mourned by anti-ISIS fighters or anyone who has fallen victim to the terrorist group's heinous actions, but it is also no cause for celebration. The fight against the group continues, and the damage they have caused will be present in the cities they have destroyed and the memories of their victims for a very long time to come.