Mosul Fight Begins; 131 Killed Across Iraq
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
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:
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.
militants were killed when they tried to attack a Haditha
A strike on Tal Keif killed
militants were killed in strikes on Flifil and Renbausi.
commanders were killed in a strike on their convoy near Hawija.
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