Militant Beheads Own Father; 78 Killed in Iraq

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Turkish jets launched
strikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) targets in northern
Iraq a day after P.K.K. militants are believed to have killed and wounded
several Turkish soldiers in a rocket attack launched from Iraqi territory.

Families along the border with Iran were forced to
flee a shelling
campaign by the Iranian Army on Barbazin and Berkama. The targets are
believed to be Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran camps. Members of this
Iranian political party recently took
up arms
against Iran again after a 20-year truce.

The United States sent its first
installment of money to be used to pay Peshmerga salaries. Because of
the crash in oil prices, the Kurdistan government cannot meet its financial
obligations, and the U.S. has offered to help.

The United Nations Development Program is launching
a plan to help Iraq deal with its rampant government corruption. It will train
auditors to investigate charges. Currently, Iraqi is 161st out of 168 nations
in Transparency International’s Corruption Index.

Brett McGurk, special U.S. Presidential Envoy, admits
there are political problems present in Iraq, particularly corruption
and infighting
. However, he believes these issues will not affect the
upcoming operation to recover Mosul, even though Defense Minister Khalid
al-Obeidi is accused of corruption and counter-accusing others of the same.

At least 74 people were killed and 26 more wounded:

In Mosul, eight
men were executed
. A militant
beheaded his father
for approving of the family’s move outside of Daesh
territory.

A bombing at a market in Madaen left three
shoppers dead and five wounded

A rare suicide
bombing
in Memalha, near Samawa, left two
policemen dead
.

Three
suicide bombers
near Qayara left two
policemen dead and six wounded
.

A militant
official and his aide were killed
in an airstrike on Qaim. Sami
Jassim al-Jabouri, also known as Haji Hamad, was in charge of the Islamic
State’s oil operations. The Kurdistan Region Security Council and U.S. Special
Forces were involved
in the mission. Another 18
militants were killed
in the strikes.

Airstrikes in Nineveh province left 25
militants dead
.

In Hawija, strikes left five
militants dead and 15 wounded
.

An airstrike on Bartala left four
militants dead
.

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