According to residents of Mosul, Islamic State
militants have been readying
for eventual battle with Iraqi forces. Among various preparations, ISIS/Daesh
has been digging tunnels and moats, installing oil tanks in residential areas
to prevent air strikes, and sealing off neighborhoods.
South of Mosul, army and tribal forces began
their operation to recover Shirqat, which they believe is necessary
ahead of the attempt on Mosul. Several villages in the area have already
been taken back, and Daesh leaders reportedly fled
to Hawija with their families. Also, Joint Operations Command spokesman Yahya
Rasool said that tribal forces, not Shi’ite militiamen, were in on the
Security forces also launched operations
in Jazirat al-Baghdadi and Jazirat Haditha.
At least 65 were killed and 37 were wounded:
In Mosul, militants using welding tools executed
six boys. A woman
was stoned to death after being accused of fornication. Three
young men were whipped for playing soccer. A strike killed a militant leader
and several aides. Four
militants were killed in another strike.
Clashes in Kazakh left six
Peshmerga and eight militants dead.
Militants in Baaj killed
four former army personnel and blew up a mosque.
civilian was killed and 22 were wounded when they came across bombs in
al-Mar’i. The five families involved were fleeing Hawija.
A roadside bomb in Bashir killed
a Turkmen fighter and wounded three more.
policemen were wounded in a roadside bombing in Jurf al-Sakhar.
Security forces killed
22 militants near Barwana.
Peshmerga forces bombed Bashiqa and Tal Keif, killing
A strike on Qaim killed
or wounded 21 militants.