418 Killed as Security Forces Capture Several Towns in Northern Iraq

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U.S. military officials revised
the estimated number of Islamic State militants in Mosul to between
3,000 and 5,000 in the city. Another 1,000 to 2,000 militants may be operating
in the outlying areas.Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Iraq special forces are
close
to liberating
Bashiqa if they have not already. Turkish Prime Minister Binali
Yıldırım
claimed
that Turkish firepower was used during operations in Bashiqa. Turkey has
a small group of soldiers illegally stationed nearby, that has been the source
of much friction
between Baghdad and Ankara.

At least 25 Peshmerga have been killed,
and many more of them have been wounded since operations on Mosul began. U.S.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter was in Erbil to meet
with Kurdish President Masoud Barzani on Sunday.

At least 418people were killed and 100 were wounded:

Forty civilians
were executed
in Jayef, Kabiba, Mukhalat, and Qaragosh
(Hamdaniya). Troops had liberated the towns, but no personnel were left behind
to guard the residents. The victims were reportedly slaughtered for celebrating
their emancipation.

Three
suicide bombers
attacked Rutba in Anbar province, where they killed
at least seven policemen
. Tribal fighters fought
off
about 30 militants who tried to take over the town.

At least 100
Peshmerga have been treated
at one hospital in Erbil.

Security forces killed 124 militants
near the Mosul Dam and Tal Keif.

Eighty-eight
militants were killed
in the towns of Abu Fshka, Ain, Akhwina,
Safina, Shk, Sufla, and Uliya villages

In the towns of Asfyia, Harara, Rasif, Shwirat,
and Twiba, security forces killed 51 militants.

Police in Shura killed
36 militants
.

Security forces killed at least 34
militants
while liberating the towns of Adala, Blawat, Ibrahim
Khalil
, and Kani Harami.

Although journalists are not yet allowed in Bashiqa,
one reported seeing three
suicide bombers killed
. Officials reported that five militant
leaders were killed
, including a commander.

In Hammam al-Alil, an airstrike killed
eight militants
.

Seven
militants were executed
on desertion charges for leaving Mosul.

Five
militants were killed
in Daquq.

An airstrike on Tal Afar left five
militants dead
.

In Kirkuk, security forces killed one militant
while another blew
himself up
.

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