Death by Exposure for Children Fleeing ISIS; 29 Killed in Iraq
The United States announced
that $2.1 billion dollars was raised to aid Iraq at a donor
conference. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the
conference and said the real challenge is to stabilize newly liberated areas.
The funds raised should go to those efforts.
The United Nations is asking
for $285 million to begin preparations for civilian relief during the oncoming
battle to liberate Mosul. That operation will likely
precipitate the largest post-ISIS humanitarian crisis in Iraq, if not the
world. An expected 1.5 million
civilians will be affected. Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city.
The United Kingdom is planning to double
the number of its military trainers in Iraq to 500 personnel.
Germany opened two training
centers in Kurdistan. It is one of the few countries supporting the
Kurds directly instead of through the federal government in Baghdad.
Canada is planning to send
40-60 personnel to open a hospital in Kurdistan, far from the front lines.
Australia also announced
a small increase of 15 personnel.
Turkish airstrikes killed
20 Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) militants in an unauthorized strike in
In northern Iraq, a specialized squad of Peshmerga
fighters known as the “Black
Devils” has been fairly successful in their missions against the Islamic
At least 29 people were killed, and two were wounded:
children died of heat stroke as they tried to escape Shirqat with
At a Latifiya checkpoint, a sniper killed
one soldier and wounded two more.
Airstrikes on Khalidiya Island left 20
were killed in a failed attack on Sinjar.
Strikes on Aiadhiah, Baaj, and Tal Afar
left many militants dead.