Militants Immolate Civilians; 216 Killed in Iraq

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Militants Immolate Civilians; 216 Killed in Iraq

Authorities officially declared Shirqat fully
liberated
, while military officials described
the operation as relatively easy. Shi’ite militias did not participate;
however, locals formed their own Sunni militias to fight. One former
hairdresser, Wehda al-Jumaili, organized
her own after her husband was murdered by the militants during the occupation.
The operation did not cause any dramatic displacement of residents, but that
may have been due to them being trapped.

Former Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari claimed
that former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (who is now a vice president)
was behind his dismissal from office.

The United Kingdom announced
it would deliver $52.26 million in
humanitarian aid to prepare for the dislocations expected as a result of the
upcoming Mosul operation.

The Pentagon is requesting
to send 500 additional U.S. troops to Iraq.

At least 216 people were killed:

In Mosul, militants burned
six civilians to death
.

An airstrike on Safina village near Shirqat left 160
militants dead
.

Forty
militants were killed
in a failed attack against Qayara area
villages.

Security forces killed
four militants
during the liberation of al-Jard and al-Taysa.
At least six
others were killed
there or in nearby villages.

At Camp Bravo, dozens of militants were killed
during operations.

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