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
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.
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.
four Peshmerga in Zammar.
In Albu Faraj, a bomb killed
policemen were wounded in a shooting in Abu Saida.
militants were killed in Saqlawiya during the last day of battles.
Officials estimate that as many as 2,000 militants were killed overall.
killed 24 militants and wounded six more in Hit.
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.
Read more by Margaret Griffis
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- 259 Killed in Iraq; Bombers Back in Baghdad – May 30th, 2016
- 100 Killed in Iraq; New Operation Launched near Mosul – May 29th, 2016