Babylon Reports – Baghdad blast, Raqqa progress, UAE fines cross-dressers
Written by Gabrielle Renaud on 2017-08-29
Tragedy in Baghdad as a car bomb went off near the busy Jamila wholesale market in Baghdad’s Shiite district of Sadr City Monday morning killing 12 people and wounding at least 28 others. ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing in an online statement. A medical official confirmed the casualties, saying the death toll was expected to rise.
Meanwhile in Raqqa, Syrian Democratic Forces have liberated 70 percent of the Islamic State (ISIS)-held city saying the group’s fighters continue advancing into Raqqa city. ISIS militants using car bombs have increased attacks on the SDF fighters recently, drawing out the already 83 day old campaign.
Lastly, the UAE arrested two Singaporean nationals on 9 August for “wearing women’s clothes in public” and has fined them 2000$ as punishment. The pre-operative transgender woman and the man also face deportation for cross-dressing.