The Iraqi government said Saturday (August 4th) that it has drawn up new plans to counter terrorist operations.
Iraqi government spokesperson Ali al-Dabbagh told Al-Shorfa these plans include making changes in army and police leadership, increasing the number of security personnel, intensifying the training of security forces and boosting intelligence efforts.
Al-Qaeda's recent attacks on a number of security centres, security personnel and citizens do not indicate that Iraq's general security situation has deteriorated, he said.
Al-Qaeda attacked the sites with the aim of sending a message showing it is still present and an effective organisation, he said.
"However, this is certainly not true, since [the organisation] did not realise any of its known goals, such as freeing terrorists by attacking prisons, sowing sectarian strife, creating a security vacuum and causing security forces to lose their control on the ground," al-Dabbagh said.