Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the Badr Organization,
on Saturday that Shi’ite militias are planning to storm Fallujah once
civilian families flee the city. He gave them 10 days to leave. However, the
Islamic State militants have been preventing many civilians from escaping
and using them as human shields, so it is unclear how serious this threat is.
Previously, the Shi’ite militias said they would only participate in encircling
Fallujah and not enter the city itself. They have been a key factor during
those battles in the suburbs, but they may be growing impatient with slowing
momentum on Fallujah itself.
The fight for Fallujah also appears to have postponed
the Iraqi military’s operation for the recovery of Mosul. That delay
might have happened anyway. American advisers believe the military isn’t ready
to recapture the much larger city, even though they encouraged Baghdad to
tackle it first. Some Iraqi and Kurdish forces are still maintaining active
frontlines near the city.
At least 202 were killed and 59 were wounded:
Near Fallujah, a suicide
car bomber killed
14 security personnel and wounded 15 others, including Shi’ite militiamen.
Separate events in Baghdad left seven
dead and 25 wounded.
three civilians in Hawija.
A bomb in Mahmoudiya killed
one person and wounded three more.
a shopkeeper in Muqdadiya.
In Saqlawiya, 67
militants were killed, but the city now appears to be fully liberated.
militants were killed in a strike on Falahat.
A strike on Albu Hoy killed
militants were killed in Albu Bali.
Read more by Margaret Griffis
- Fighting, Attacks in Iraq Leave 375 Dead – June 3rd, 2016
- Fighting Continues near Fallujah; 254 Killed in Iraq – June 2nd, 2016
- 192 Killed, 139 Wounded in Iraq Battles, Bombings – June 1st, 2016
- At Least 4,237 People, Including Americans, Killed in Iraq During May – May 31st, 2016
- 259 Killed in Iraq; Bombers Back in Baghdad – May 30th, 2016