Major Operation Launched near Fallujah; 83 Killed in Iraq

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Major Operation Launched near Fallujah; 83 Killed in Iraq

Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi said
many Islamic State militants are trying to sneak out of Mosul with their
families.

Parliament passed a bill
officially banning the Ba’ath Party.

At least 83 people were killed and 21 were wounded:

Two
people were killed and eight were wounded
when a bomb exploded in Mahmoudiya.

Gunmen in Qara Tapa wounded
two civilians
.

At least 50
militants were killed
in clashes in Jazirat al-Khalidiya as part of a major operation launched to liberate areas in and around Khalidiya. Many Daesh militants fled in this direction after the liberation of nearby Fallujah.

Strikes on Albu Bali, near Khalidiya, left 20
militants dead

In Mosul, a strike left 10
militants dead
.

A militant
explosives expert was killed
in a strike on Hawija.

Among the fatalities in Friday’s previously announced airstrike
on Qaim was Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadis brother-in law.
The strike killed a total of 13 militants. That figure remains the same. What
was not already reported is that the strike also wounded
11 militants
.

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