Australia Politician Visits Front Lines; 65 Killed in Iraq

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Australia Politician Visits Front Lines; 65 Killed in Iraq

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Kurdish President Masoud
Barzani
met
today in Baghdad. The pair talked about the upcoming operation on Mosul, and
Abadi suggested to Barzani that Kurdish forces resist using the operation to
expand their territory, as they have elsewhere. They also discussed oil and
economic disputes.

The number of people expected
to be displaced by the fighting in Mosul is around 1.5 million, doubling
the number of displaced in the Kurdish region.

A former Australian minister, Wyatt Roy, visited
the front lines in northern Iraq. While there, his position came under fire.

At least 65 people were killed and seven more were
wounded
:

In Hawija, a civilian
was flogged
for having an illegal song on his phone. A woman stabbed
a militant to death
who was trying to kidnap her nine-year-old daughter. An
airstrike left 14
militants dead
, including a commander, in a tunnel.

Airstrikes in the Mosul area left at least 28
militants dead
.

Five
militants were killed
in a failed attack at the front lines near Domez.

Shelling by Peshmerga forces in Nawaran killed three militants
and wounded seven more
.

 Security forces killed
nine militants
in Ali Jassim.

In Baghdadi, an airstrike left two
militants dead
.

A militant commander
was killed
near the Mosul Dam.

In Baghdad, security forces killed
a suicide bomber
.

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