259 Killed in Iraq; Bombers Back in Baghdad

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During Memorial Day observances at Arlington National
Cemetery, U.S. President Barack Obama admitted
that three U.S. servicemembers have given their lives in “combat” in Iraq and
then spoke about them.

Iraqi special forces pushed
into Fallujah from its southern flank on Monday. The fighting will be
slow but possibly fierce as the estimated 500-700 Islamic State militants in
the city have no way to escape. They may hole up in secret tunnels. Snipers and
suicide
bombers
have already been reported. Also, troops expect to find the city
covered in booby-traps.

Over the last several days, Iraqi forces encircled Fallujah,
and cleared militants out of its suburbs and farmlands. A few civilians who
were able to escape the fighting trickled
in to Amiriyat al-Fallujah, just to the south. Others headed
east towards Garma.

Fighting is ongoing in Saqlawiya, while the town of Nuaimiya
was recaptured.

At least 259 people were killed and 121 were wounded:

A suicide
bomber
at a checkpoint in Baghdad’s Shabb district killed
eight civilians and three soldiers
, and also wounded 20 people.
According to other reports, another 11
were killed
in the attack. Another bomb killed
two people and wounded nine more
in Jisr Diyala.

In Tarmiya, a suicide
bomber
killed
seven civilians and three police officers
at a souk. Another 24
people were wounded
.

A motorcycle bomb killed
three people and wounded 10 more
at a market in Sadr City.

At the front lines in Khazar, four
Peshmerga troops were killed and 34 were wounded
. Nine villages were recaptured.
Members of Iraq’s Shabak and Kakai minorities had inhabited these
villages before Daesh took them over. Also, about 140
militants were killed
.

Two
children were killed and 21 others were wounded
during a chemical attack on
Zammar.

A bomb in the Hamrin Hills killed
two militiamen and wounded three more
.

During yesterday’s assault on Hit, in which Iraqi
authorities say no security personnel died, 33
suicide bombers were killed
.

Thirty
militants were killed
during an operation that liberated Albu Shejil.

In Fallujah, Daesh doctors euthanized
eight militants
who were wounded.

Security forces near Fallujah killed
a militant
known for being an explosives officer.

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