598 Killed in Iraq; Hundreds Sickened by Sulfur Fumes

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has
unequivocally rejected
Turkish assistance in the Mosul theater. The statement came after Abadi
met with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who traveled
to Iraq on Saturday to assess the Mosul operation, which has already left one
U.S. sailor dead.
On Friday, Carter had visited
with Turkish leaders and prematurely announced an agreement that allows Turkey
to participate in the Mosul operation.

Ankara and Baghdad have traded criticism over a group of
Turkish soldiers deployed near Bashiqa that Iraq says is uninvited and
unwanted. Turkey refuses
to remove them even though Turkish President Recep
Tayyip Erdo─čan
says
that his country respects borders.

Carter also talked
to Abadi about U.S. support after Mosul falls.

Iraqi troops liberated
the Christian town of Qaraqosh (A.K.A. Hamdaniya or Bakhdida) and later
they freed
nearby Kiramlis. Kafer was also cleared
of militants.

Officials admit
that militants have returned to some liberated towns such as Bartella,
requiring another round of cleansing.

About 2,000 people from Mosul and Hawija have reached the Dibaga
refugee center in Kurdistan.

At least 598 people were killed and 1,021 were wounded.

Up to 1,000
people were treated
at a Qayara hospital for symptoms of exposure to fumes
that were released when militants set the Mishraq sulfur plant ablaze
near Mosul. No fatalities were reported at the hospital but a witness said he
saw an elderly
man die
after inhaling the toxic smoke. At least one other person was
killed
. The injured reported breathing difficulties and/or eye discomfort.
A previous
fire
at the plant in 2003 injured U.S. servicemembers.

At various locations on Mosul front lines, three Peshmerga
doctors were killed and six others were wounded
. There is an unconfirmed
report that two
Peshmerga soldiers were executed
. Militants threw
16 people
off a bridge to their deaths.

At the Dibs power plant, the number of injured
rose by 15
to 18 wounded in total.

Some security personnel were injured
when militants attacked Laylan. Nine
militants were killed
.

People fleeing Houd reported that many civilians
there had been wounded.

The Iraqi Army announced troops have killed
473 militants
so far. It is unclear if this includes militants killed by
other security forces.

Fifty
militants were killed
in the liberation of Qaraqosh.

Kirkuk was mostly quiet on Saturday. The estimated
number of militant
dead rose by 28
to a total of 48 killed.

Fifteen
militants were killed
during the liberation of Doizzat.

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