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 were killed in a failed attack against Qayara area
At Camp Bravo, dozens of militants were killed