Fleeing Civilians Shot; 116 Killed in Iraq
Although Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was eager to hang on
to Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi, Parliament voted
to impeach the minister over corruption allegations. The timing of his
removal may affect plans to invade Mosul.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said
Iraqi Sunnis should prepare for a long guerilla war against Shi’ites, now that
the Islamic State is on the wane. He also called on Syrians to help the Iraqis
fight the “Crusader-Safavid occupation.” The Islamic State and al-Qaeda parted
ways in 2014.
two Czech L159 aircraft, which arrived at Balad airbase.
Security forces announced
that the ongoing operations in Khalidiya Island left between 600 and 700
At least 116 people were killed
and 62 more wounded:
civilians were killed and 45 were wounded when militants fired upon them
trying to escape Daesh-controlled territory in Hawija.
A roadside bomb killed
two people and wounded five more in Taji.
During the operations in Qayara,
security personnel were killed and 12 were wounded.
In the latest fighting in Khalidiya
militants were killed.
Airstrikes left 27
militants dead in Nineveh province.
In Mosul, a strike killed
Security members in Ramadi killed
three militants trying to cross the Euphrates River.