Son of Former Deputy PM Assassinated; 144 Killed in Iraq

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Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim criticized
a lack of transparency concerning the upcoming assault on Mosul. While
he does have a point that a massive refugee crisis could impact Turkey, Ankara
has also been demanding Turkish troops be allowed to participate in the
operation. Defense Minister Fikri Isik called on Iraq to keep the
displaced civilians with Iraqi territory.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi reiterated
Baghdad’s demands that Turkish troops leave Iraqi territory, after the
Iraqi Parliament voted
to reject Turkey’s mandate to remain in Iraq.

The Iraqi government began broadcasting
instructions
to civilians in Mosul from a radio station in the
recently liberated city of Qayara. The information presented should include
exit routes, danger zones, and contact information. A Daesh radio station in
Mosul was destroyed yesterday.

In a radio address, P.M. Abadi promised
Moslawis that “victory is near,” but it is unknown how many civilians
could pick up the broadcast.

Sunni tribal forces will be folded into the Peshmerga
units before the upcoming Mosul operation, although Peshmerga forces have said
they are not participating in the main operation. More than 100 U.S. troops
arrived
near Qayara on Monday. They are also not participating directly.

An oil official recently killed in Kirkuk has now been identified
as Ahmed Abid Mutlak al-Jubouri, son of former Deputy Prime Minister Abid
Mutlak al-Jubouri.

At least 144 were killed and seven were wounded:

Shelling by Turkish troops illegally stationed in
northern Iraq left two
dead and four wounded
in Fadiliyah.

In Kuba, a bomb wounded
three civilians
.

In the Qaim region, airstrikes killed
44 militants and wounded 10 more
.

Forty
militants were killed
in strikes on Anah, Rayhana, and Zuwiya.

In Qayara, a failed attack left 23
militants dead
.

Twenty
militants were killed
in a strike on Kubeisa.

A strike on Hamdaniya left 11
militants dead
.

Resistance forces in Hawija shot and killed two militant commanders and a
local informant
.

In Mosul, an airstrike killed a top militant commander.

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