134 Killed in Iraq as Fighting Resumes After Holiday
During an unannounced visit to Iraq on Monday, U.S. Defense
Secretary Ashton Carter said
the United States will deploy 560 additional troops to Iraq, where they will
defend the recently captured airbase at Qayara. The airbase is tactically important
for the upcoming attempt to retake Mosul. The number of U.S. troops in Iraq
will rise to 4,647 with the new deployment. Canadian Defense Minister Harjit
Singh Sajjan also traveled
to Baghdad to meet with government officials.
Five new refugee camps were opened in Dohuk
to deal with the expected flow of displaced people from Mosul. The
United Nations believes
that thousands of children could be left homeless when that assault begins.
At least 134 people were killed, and 26 were wounded:
Near Qayara, militants executed
nine people belonging to two families who were trying to escape Daesh
territory. Internecine fighting among militants left nine dead and 19
wounded. Airstrikes left 25
A sticky bomb left on a car in Nidaa killed
one person and wounded two children.
was shot dead in Muqdadiya.
In Shuhada, gunmen wounded
militants were killed in an operation on Jamila.
Security forces in Albu Teban killed
Security forces killed
eight militants in Shakariya.
In Hit, three
militants were killed.
militants were killed and three were wounded during a strike on Brij.
Dozens of militants were killed when
Peshmerga units fired artillery rounds at several villages in the Sinjar
dozens of militants in Alas and Fatha.
Hundreds of militants were reportedly killed
in Albu Risha and Zankura.