45 Killed in Iraq; More U.S. Troops Arrive

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45 Killed in Iraq; More U.S. Troops Arrive

More than 400 additional U.S. servicemembers were deployed
to Iraq in the last week, bringing the number of U.S. troops officially
stationed in Iraq to 4,460 in total. Their orders were not made public, but it
is assumed they will be working with local forces on their plans to invade
Mosul. Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander of the US-led
coalition, described
the upcoming offensive as a “siege.” Gen. Maan Al Saedi, a commander in
Iraq’s counter-terrorism forces, the offensive could begin as early as October.

Hussein Yazdanpana, the commander of the Kurdistan
Freedom Party
(P.A.K.), revealed
that the Iranian Kurdish militia received military training from U.S. and
European instructors. They were able to obtain the training, because they
operate under the authority of the Iraqi Kurdish forces. However, the faction
also stages attacks in Iran, and it is unclear how the Iranian
government will react to the news. Maj. Josh T. Jacques, a spokesman for U.S.
Central Command said he was unaware of the P.A.K. receiving the training.

A spokesman for the Shi’ite militias fighting in Khalidiya
Island
said
they were still conducting cleansing operations of denied rumors of their
retreat.

At least 45 were killed and 16 were wounded:

Militants executed
12 people
in Tal Afar.

In Baghdad, a bomb at a market in Sabaa al-Bour
left one dead and
eight wounded
. Two
people were killed and five were wounded
in a bombing in Furat.

At the Khazar frontline, mortars killed two Peshmerga and
wounded three more
.

Eleven
militants were killed
in Baker.

Peshmerga forces killed
10 militants
in Sinjar.

Seven
militants were killed
in strikes near Haditha and Hit.

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