Militias Threaten to Storm Fallujah; 202 Killed in Iraq

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Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the Badr Organization,
said
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:

A suicide
bomber
targeting a convoy of soldiers and Sunni tribal fighters in Azrakiya
killed
20 personnel
. It was followed by another assault on the convoy.

Eighteen
civilians, including children, drowned
in the Euphrates while
attempting to escape
Fallujah.

Near Fallujah, a suicide
car bomber
killed
14 security personnel and wounded 15 others
, including Shi’ite militiamen.

A suicide
bomber
in Tarmiya killed
eight people and wounded 15 more
. Three of the dead were soldiers.

Separate events in Baghdad left seven
dead and 25 wounded
.

Militants beheaded
three civilians
in Hawija.

A bomb in Mahmoudiya killed
one person and wounded three more
.

Gunmen wounded
a shopkeeper
in Muqdadiya.

In Saqlawiya, 67
militants were killed
, but the city now appears to be fully liberated.

Twenty
militants were killed
in a strike on Falahat.

A strike on Albu Hoy killed
27 militants
.

Fourteen
militants were killed
in Albu Bali.

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