Five Killed in Attack, Execution in Iraq

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Five Killed in Attack, Execution in Iraq

Following the release of the Chilcot report, British
politicians began expressing their opinions on the Iraq War. Former Deputy
Prime Minister John Prescott says
he now believes the war was illegal and admits his own culpability in the
matter. Separately, Philip Hammond, U.K. Secretary of State for Foreign
and Commonwealth Affairs, blamed
the removal of Ba’ath Party supporters from the Iraqi Army for the rise of the
Islamic State militancy. The 2003 plan left tens of thousands of soldiers
unemployed.

The International Monetary Fund has outlined
a $5.3 billion loan program for cash-strapped Iraq. The loan comes with
conditions that include social spending and corruption eradication.

In response to the Karrada bombing, Prime Minister Haider
al-Abadi
fired
three security officials, including Baghdad Operations Command Lieutenant
General Abdulamir al-Shimmari. The two other officials were not named,
but their posts were revealed. One was the head of intelligence in Baghdad for
the Interior Ministry. The other worked at the national security adviser’s office.

Now that Fallujah has been liberated the delicate
process of rebuilding society there can begin. Tikrit,
which was liberated last year, might serve as both a good and bad example.
Unfortunately, Shi’ite militias, already accused of war crimes, have been
reported as destroying
mosques
in Fallujah.

Iraqi forces supported by Coalition strikes entered
the airbase at Qayara. Militants were said to have fled the base as the
troops arrived. Should security forces be able to maintain control of the
strategic base, it could be used as a launching point for operations against
Mosul. Troops had been attempting to reach the base from the east but were
halted by intense fighting. A new push from the south appears to have had
better traction.

At least five people were killed and two more were
wounded
. Due to the Eid al-Fitr observances, reports are few:

Militants executed
three brothers
in Riyadh.

In Dibs, two
people were killed and two others were wounded
during a home invasion. One
of the dead was a mukhtar.

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