100 Killed in Iraq; New Operation Launched near Mosul
A massive operation was launched near Mosul
according to Kurdish officials, with the hopes that it will increase pressure
on Islamic State militants. Coalition forces,
were seen assisting
Peshmerga troops near the Khazar frontlines. Several towns were liberated
including Mufti, Tal Aswad, Tal Band, and Zahra Khatun,
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir called
Iran’s military presence in Iraq “unacceptable” and demanded Iran to stop
meddling in Iraqi affairs.
At least 100 people were killed and 56 were wounded:
Militants claimed to have killed
40 security personnel during an attack in Hit. Iraqi forces
counter-claims that only five
personnel were wounded. As a rule, Baghdad has been undercounting military
casualties, so either figure could be correct. They both may be correct.
In Karmardi, a suicide
bomber killed 11 tribal fighters.
a civilian on a highway near Muqdadiya.
In Imam Talib, a soldier
was shot and wounded.
were killed in the Makhmour area.
A strike on Rashidiya killed
During the operations near Mosul, at least five
suicide bombers were killed.
security officer was killed in an airstrike on Albu Bali.