51 Killed in Iraq; Thousands Used as Human Shields

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51 Killed in Iraq; Thousands Used as Human Shields

The United States is sending
400 troops from the 101st Airborne Division to Qayara to set up a
logistics base at the recently capture airfield. The airfield is expected to
play an important role in the operation to recover Mosul.

Islamic State militants have reportedly destroyed all the
land deeds
issued by the Iraqi government in Mosul. The militants
issued new documents to those who are occupying homes currently. It is unknown
if residents who have fled will lose ownership of their properties should Daesh
lose control of Mosul. Of particular concern are homes that are owned by people
belonging to minority groups, such as Kurds or Yazidis.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR) believes
that thousands of civilians may have been detained while trying to escape Daesh
rule in Hawija, Rashad, Riyadh, and nearby areas. The militants may be using
them as human shields. A dozen executions blamed on the militants was reported
yesterday.

Mahma Khalil, the mayor of Sinjar, says a new
town will have to be built from scratch. The cost of rebuilding
Sinjar–clearing the town of explosives and renovating the buildings severely
damaged by war–is greater than it would be to start fresh.

At least 51 people were killed and two more wounded:

In Mosul, militants executed
five civilians
, including a Lahayb tribal leader. A strike left nine
militants dead
.

About 19 militants were
killed
in a strike on Qaim. At least two
others were wounded
Authorities believe the group was planning a major
attack on Baghdad.

Eighteen
militants were killed
during clean-up operations in Khalidiya.

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