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
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
At least 259 people were killed and 121 were wounded:
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.
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.
children were killed and 21 others were wounded during a chemical attack on
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.
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.