Fighting, Attacks in Iraq Leave 375 Dead

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Operations in Fallujah have stalled
for various tactical reasons. Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari described
the city as a “tough nut to crack” and expects the battles to go on for a long
time, particularly because of the use of human
shields
.

On a wider scale, however, U.S. officials say
their efforts to create an effective army for Iraq have failed. At the same
time, they’ve been unable to limit the power of the Shi’ite militias. Even more
problematic is that Fallujah residents believe the U.S. government has given
the militias clearance
to fight in Fallujah. Sunni residents’ fear the Shi’ite militias and may prefer
Islamic State rule to reputed Shi’ite brutality.

At least 375 were killed and 26 were wounded:

A bomb exploded inside a taxicab in Khalis, killing
two civilians and two policemen
.

In Baghdad, a bomb killed
two people and wounded seven more
.

Two
people were killed and three were wounded
in a blast targeting refugees
attempting to flee Fallujah.

In Baquba, gunmen killed
one civilian and wounded another
.

Mortars killed
four Peshmerga
in Zammar.

During fighting at the Khazar frontlines, one Peshmerga was
killed and seven were injured
. Forty militants
were also killed
.

In Albu Faraj, a bomb killed
a militiaman
.

Two
policemen were wounded
in a shooting in Abu Saida.

About 250
militants were killed
in Saqlawiya during the last day of battles.
Officials estimate that as many as 2,000 militants were killed overall.

Artillery strikes
killed 24 militants and wounded six more
in Hit.

In Mosul, militants executed
three of their own
on treason charges. A strike killed
14 militants
, including an official.

Seventeen
militants were killed
in Hamdaniya.

Peshmerga forces killed
eight militants
in Sinjar.

In Iskandariya, three
people were executed
after a court found them guilty of terrorist acts.

A strike on Saqlawiya killed
a militant official
.

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