Former VP off Interpol List; 70 Killed in Iraq

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Former VP off Interpol List; 70 Killed in Iraq

Security forces have launched
a significant operation against Rutba. The city, which lies on a
strategically important highway leading to Jordan, is poorly defended and could
be easily recaptured.

In Mosul, militants demolished
a 7th Century B.C. palace built by Assyrian King Sennacherib.

Former Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi was removed
from Interpol’s red notice, which basically works as an international arrest
notice. Hashemi had been convicted of murder and sentenced
to death
in absentia during Nouri al-Maliki’s tenure as prime minister, but
Interpol’s investigative committe has found some of the evidence questionable.

At least 70 were killed and 32 were wounded:

In Mosul, militants stoned
21 people to death
, including one woman.

A rocket attack on Khalidiya killed
five people and wounded 15 more
.

Three
Peshmerga and a militia officer were executed
in Bashiqa.

In Baghdad, two
people were killed and nine were wounded
when a bomb exploded near a garage
in Jisr Diyala. A blast at a market in Shabb killed
two people and wounded eight more
.

Militiamen killed
25 militants
during operation in the Euphrates River basin near Haditha.

Security forces killed
seven militants
in Baghdadi.

Strikes on Awsaja killed
four militants
.

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