Shi’ite Militiamen Slaughter Sunnis; 230 Killed, 68 Wounded Across Iraq

At least 230 people were killed today. Over 100 of them were civilians or security forces. Shi’ite militiamen, not Islamic State militants, apparently slaughtered scores of civilians during services at a Sunni mosque. Another 68 people were wounded across Iraq.


Iraqi Christians arriving in France have begun to recount the repression they suffered at the hands of the Islamic State.

Some members of the Mahdi Army, who once fought U.S. troops, now want limited U.S. help in defeating the Islamic State.

Austrian humanitarian supplies reached Kurdistan.

Kurdish forces are accusing Baghdad of preventing arms from reaching them.


Shi’ite militiamen are accused of the slaughter of 70 Sunni worshippers at a mosque in Bani Weis. At least 20 were wounded. Earlier, Islamic State militants had been accused of the massacre, but most reports are now suggesting it was actually Shi’ite militiamen. Sunni lawmakers left the government in protest. They say they will return when the killers are captured.

The massacre may have been in response to a triple roadside bombing nearby in the Himreen Lakes region. The bombs targeted a Shi’ite sheikh. He survived but others in his group were killed. Altogether, five people were killed and 12 more were wounded.

Twelve dumped bodies were discovered in Shirqat. Most of them were security members.

In Mosul, militants stoned to death a man accused of adultery. Four militants were killed in an airstrike.

Two Peshmerga members were killed in Jalawla during a clash that also killed 11 militants. The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said that 80 militants were killed. Four militants were killed and six more were wounded in an airstrike.

Residents of the predominantly Turkmen town of Amerli say they are trapped by ISIS/DAASH militants and are running out of supplies. At least 10 children have died. They are demanding U.S. intervention. Iraqi forces have carried out airstrikes in the region.

Four volunteer forces were killed during a clash in Iskandariya.

A new Yazidi militia group has killed 22 militants in Sinjar.

Airstrikes left 20 militants dead and 30 more wounded in Suleiman Bek.

In Duluiya, 30 militants were killed.

Fifteen militants were killed in Jurf al-Sakhar.

Ten militants were killed during an airstrike in al-Helaiwa.

In Tikrit, Garma and Ramadi, airstrikes killed many militants.

Security forces killed three militants in Adhaim.

An airstrike in Haditha killed three militants.

Four militants were killed in Falluja.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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