Kurds Are Willing To Talk With Baghdad; 78 Killed Across Iraq

by , August 18, 2014

At least 78 people were killed and 23 more were wounded in clashes and airstrikes across Iraq. The Mosul Dam is said to be completely under the control of Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

Politics:

Kurdish officials say they will participate in forming the new Iraqi government, even though they are still boycotting Baghdad. Kurdish politicians walked out on the federal government in June, when outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused Kurdistan of harboring jihadist fighters.

Fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi warned that fighting off the Islamic State would not solve Iraq’s central problem. He accused Shi’ite militias of also committing acts of terrorism and said that former Ba’ath Party members must play a role in the new Iraq. Hashemi fled Iraq not long after U.S. forces withdrew and P.M. Maliki increased his harassment of Sunni politicians such as Hashemi.

Fighting:

The Mosul Dam is back in Kurdish and Iraqi hands after U.S. airstrikes destroyed over 90 targets in the area. A twitter account supporting the Islamic State claimed that dozens of Peshmerga fighters were killed and even more were captured during the fighting. A militant wali was injured in one of the strikes.

Eight females were killed during an airstrike in Baiji. Three of them were children. Seven terrorists were killed as they tried to reach the refinery.

In Qayara, an airstrike killed three civilians who were brothers.

Gunmen killed four soldiers in Dijla.

Two bombs in Iskandariya killed one person and wounded eight more.

A Sahwa commander was killed and six civilians were kidnapped in Albu Jwari.

Gunmen killed a civilian in Yusufiya.

Seventeen militants were killed during an airstrike in Zamar.

In Jurf al-Sakhar, 12 militants were killed.

In Kirkuk, tribal fighters killed three militants and wounded two more. Five militants were killed and eight were wounded in overnight clashes.

Seven militants leaders were killed in Latifiya and nearby areas.

Two militants were killed and four more were wounded as they tried to booby-trap a house in Saidiya. Security forces killed a militant leader and four colleagues.

In northern Babel province, two suicide bombers were killed before they could cause trouble.

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