Bomber Targets NZ Base Camp; 20 Killed in Iraq

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Bomber Targets NZ Base Camp; 20 Killed in Iraq

The United Nations released $15
million from an emergency fund to help pay costs for persons displaced by
operations in and around Fallujah. Authorities estimate over 80,000
people have fled the fighting and the Islamic State militants. However, there
are not enough supplies for such a large group of people. Across Iraq, over
three million people have been displaced
from their homes, but the need in Fallujah is urgent. Meanwhile, security
forces advanced
in Fallujah’s northern neighborhoods. Eventually, the fighting will end in the
western areas, according
to Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saidi.

New Zealand is extending
its training mission in Iraq by 18 months and will deploy some troops to a
second location at Besmaya. Currently forces are located at Camp Taji. Hours
after the announcement, a suicide bomber attacked Camp Taji. No foreign troops
were among the casualties, and Defense Minister Gerry Brownlee denied
there was a connection.

At least 20 were killed and 25 more were wounded:

A suicide
bomber
at Camp Taji killed
four Iraqi soldiers and wounded 12 others
.

A bomb blasted a family trying to flee Dibs. One
was killed and four were wounded
.

In Hilla, a bomb wounded
one person
and destroyed a shop.

In Baghdad, a bomb killed
one person and wounded eight more
at a Shabb market. A militant
commander was killed
, along with several companions, as they were trying to
plant a bomb.

Security forces killed
eight militants
, including an important official, at an undisclosed
location in Anbar province.

Four
militants were killed
in a strike on Mosul.

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