Army Colonel Among 72 Killed in Iraq
Security forces have deployed
bridges for troops to cross the Tigris River in Mosul. The city’s
existing bridges were damaged or destroyed in order to prevent militants from
reinforcing their numbers in eastern Mosul. Only the Rashidiya district
in the north is still held
by the Islamic State militants.
The Islamic State militants are still in control
of hundreds of oil wells at the Alas oil field.
At least 72 were killed and 13 were wounded:
In Mosul, Sabhan Hasan al-Jubouri, an Iraqi
colonel, was killed in fighting. Militants executed
13 civilians in Rashidiya. A bomb killed
seven civilians and wounded three more. Fourteen
militants were killed in al-Noor. A suicide bomber
was killed before he could set off his explosives.
Militants using heavy machinery executed seven
civilians in Hawija.
A bomb in Aali village killed
A bomb in Taji killed
one person and wounded four more.
were killed in Tal al-Zalat.
At least five
militants were killed in Qaim.
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