In a new photo report purportedly released by the Islamic State, an ISIS suicide bomber drives an explosive-laden modified car into Iraqi forces near Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad, Iraq. The photo report was released on ISIS terrorist channels on January 6. An accompanying summary of the report reads: "Destruction of a #Rafidi Army Vehicle in an Explosive Device Blast in the Area of Sayyid 'Abdullah in #Yusufiyyah." "Rafidi" is a derogatory term for Shia Muslims used by Sunnis. It means "rejectors" because Shia Muslims believe in a different line of successorship for Islam following the death of its founder Muhammad. It is commonly used by ISIS to refer to Iranian-backed Iraqi government as a whole. "Istishhad" is Arabic for "'martyrdom', 'death of a martyr', or 'heroic death.'" It is the word ISIS uses to describe their suicide bombers. ISIS has used Istishhadi since its land grab in 2014 and American coalition troops commonly face them in their effort to retake Mosul.
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