UK Ramps Up Strikes; 16 Killed in Iraq

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UK Ramps Up Strikes; 16 Killed in Iraq

British warplanes have ramped
up
airstrikes ahead of the expected operation against Mosul, which
could be just weeks away. The strikes against Islamic State targets across Iraq
are designed to weaken the militants’ ability to hold Mosul.

The use of airstrikes, however, is limited in the Qayara
are where oil
fires
have been burning for weeks and creating great plumes of black smoke.
Unfortunately, Qayara is a main staging area for the attack on Mosul.

Iraq and the United Nations signed
an agreement to fight sexual violence in the conflict zone.

U.S. forces are reportedly using white
phosphorous munitions
in Iraq.

At least 17 militants were killed and one soldier was
wounded
:

Security forces at a border post between Diyala and Salah
ad Din
provinces killed a suicide
bomber
. A soldier
was wounded
.

Strikes killed
10 militants
in Dandan.

Artillery fire on Qahtaniya left five
militants dead
.

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