Mosul Fight Begins; 131 Killed Across Iraq

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Mosul Fight Begins; 131 Killed Across Iraq

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
announced
the start of the operation against the Islamic State militants in Mosul.
Infighting among forces has already started as well.
Nineveh tribal
leaders held a conference
where they rejected the use of foreign, regional, and Shi’ite militia forces in
the operation. Also, the operation to liberate Hawija has been postponed.

Saudi Arabia has reassigned
its ambassador to Iraq,
Thamer al-Sabhan. In August, Sabhan had made negative comments concerning
Iran’s involvement in Iraq and the treatment of Sunni Iraqis. The new
chargé d’affaires is Abdulaziz al-Shamri who was the Saudis
military attaché posted in Germany.

At least 131 people were killed and 28 were wounded:

In Shirqat, militants chased a boat carrying
refugees, causing it to flip and kill
10 passengers
. Two
refugees were gunned down
.

In Baghdad, a suicide
bomber
attacked a mourning tent in Jaderiyeh, killing six and wounding 21 more.

Refugees from Dibis came across a roadside bomb. Four were killed and
five were wounded
.

A bomb in Sensil left one
militiaman dead and two wounded
.

An airstrike against a convoy near Rawa left about 45 militants dead.

In Mosul, 25
militants were killed
for desertion.

Twenty
militants were killed
when they tried to attack a Haditha
checkpoint.

 

A strike on Tal Keif killed
eight militants
.

Six
militants were killed
in strikes on Flifil and Renbausi.

Three militant
commanders were killed
in a strike on their convoy near Hawija.

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