Militants Stitch Civilian Mouths Shut; 59 Killed in Iraq

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Militants Stitch Civilian Mouths Shut; 59 Killed in Iraq

The new U.S. ambassador to Iraq arrived in
Baghdad on Thursday. Douglas A. Silliman was the former ambassador to
Kuwait until early last month. He replaces Stuart E. Jones, who had been
the ambassador since 2014. Silliman’s full title is “Ambassador Extraordinary
and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Iraq.”

At least 59 were killed and 16 were wounded:

Tribal fighters and militants clashed at an entrance to Qayara.
Eight
fighters and 23 militants were killed
.

In Baghdad, a bomb at a restaurant in Hayy
al-Jihad
killed
two people and wounded four more
. Two
people were killed and eight were wounded
when a bomb exploded near shops
in Shula.

In Mosul, militants sewed up the mouths of four men who
had been caught discussing Iraqi army victories. Residents broke the teeth of
a woman who was known as a Daesh biter; she would punish women, who were not
following Daesh rules, by biting them.

An airstrike on Baaj left 12
militants dead
.

Ten
militants were killed
in a strike near Hit. Security forces imposed
a curfew
on the city.

Security forces killed
a suicide bomber
in Tarmiya.

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