On Saturday, Iraqi troops opened a second
front in the battle for Qayara, a town just south Mosul wanted for
its strategic airbase. Troops have been trying to recapture it, but months of
operations launched from Makhmour have failed to reach the city.
Lt. Gen. Abdelwahab al-Saedi, commander of the Fallujah
that about 1,000 militants have been killed during the operation to recover the
city. These figures have not been confirmed independently.
At least 53 were killed and 38 more were wounded:
In Haj Ali, a car bomb targeting displaced civilians killed
12 and wounded six more.
Clashes in Amerli killed
five policemen and wounded 10 more.
Three separate bombings, one of them a suicide
blast, in Tuz Khormato killed
three people and wounded
11 more; the suicide bomber targeted the offices of the Patriotic Union
of Kurdistan. Security forces killed a militant
outside of town.
Heavy fighting continues in Fallujah. A missile hit a
two special forces soldiers and wounding another. Shelling left an Iraqi commander
dead and four soldiers wounded. A suicide
bomber also died.
three civilians in Qayara.
In Garma, four
explosives experts were killed as they attempted to dismantle the booby
traps left in a home.
militiamen were gunned down in Shakrak.
A bomb wounded
three soldiers in Mukhisa.
In Hit, security forces killed
suicide bombers were killed in Muqdadiya.