Militants Shut Down Iraq Dam Again; 57 Killed, 19 Wounded

At least 57 people were killed today, and another 19 were wounded. Most of the fatalities were militants. Also, militants were able to shut down the Falluja Dam a day after authorities said it was completely reopened.

Anbar:

In Falluja, twenty militants were killed in a clash. Two soldiers were killed and five more were wounded when militants attacked a checkpoint. Shelling left two people dead and seven wounded, including women and children. Four gunmen were killed and several more were wounded.

Militants were able to shut down the Falluja dam again, just a day after authorities said it had been reopened. Closing the gates not only keeps water from reaching Shi’ite areas further downriver on the Euphrates, but it also floods fields and building in the dam area.

One policeman was killed and three others were wounded in a blast in Hit.

A bomb near Abu Ghraib killed a Sahwa member and wounded another.

Elsewhere:

In Kirkuk, gunmen killed a Peshmerga member and a civilian. Seven militants were killed during operations near the city.

In Baghdad, ten militants were killed across the city. Gunmen killed a civilian in Jisr Diyala.

An I.E.D. in Jurf al-Sakhar killed an army commander and four soldiers.

In Tikrit, a policeman was shot and wounded. A firebomb killed a policeman at a checkpoint.

A traffic policeman was gunned down in Mosul.

Gunmen wounded two civilians in Saidiya.

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Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has
been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.