Peshmerga forces captured
the strategic Gwer Bridge as they made further advances near Mosul. The
bridge, which crosses the Grand Zab River, was damaged during it time under
Islamic State control. When repaired, the bridge should be a valuable asset to
forces approaching Mosul.
part of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s cabinet reshuffle. Five of six
nominees were accepted. The new oil minister, Jabar
Ali al-Luaibi, said
he thinks the conflict between Baghdad and Kurdistan over oil can be resolved.
Parliament, however, rejected
Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi’s testimony
that he gave at the beginning of August. Obeidi was interrogated over graft
charges but then accused several lawmakers of corruption. Abadi wants to keep
Obeidi as defense minister, so the momentum against Daesh/ISIS is not lost.
At least 74 people were killed and 49 more wounded:
In Mosul, militants executed
three people by burning them to death.
A sniper killed
an officer and wounded two more in Tarmiya.
Fifteen militants were
killed in the battle for Hassoudiyeh.
six militants and wounded 12 more in a failed attack near Tuz Khormato.
Peshmerga forces reported a new number of casualties from
operations yesterday. They said 130 militants were killed, raising yesterday’s
estimate by 10 dead.
militants were killed in strikes on Khalidiya Island.