At least 191 people were killed today and 49 more were wounded. Heavy fighting took place during a failed attempt by ISIS/DAASH to take over Hit, in Anbar province. Meanwhile, the United Nations released a gruesome report on the violence and abuses occurring across Iraq.
The United Nations released a report describing the "staggering array" of human rights abuses in Iraq. They warn that there are reports of other "terrifying" allegations that were left out because they had not been confirmed, yet. Many violations were perpetrated by the Islamic State militants, but they also reported ones conducted by Iraq’s own security forces. They have tallied the deaths of at least 9,347 civilians in these multiple conflicts.
Imprisoned Kurdistan Workers’ Party head Abdullah Ocalan warned Turkey that allowing Islamic State militants to take over they Syrian city of Kobanê and massacre Kurds there would seriously damage ongoing peace talks. A decades-long guerilla war tapered between the two off last year, and a permanent truce was looking likely earlier this year. The P.K.K. had staged many of their attacks against Turkey from bases hidden in northern Iraq. Likewise, Turkey would bomb suspected sites without permission from Baghdad. Should the truce completely end, it can only add another confusing layer to regional issues, such as the expansion of the Kurdish state.
In Hit, militants bombed the police headquarters and several checkpoints. A witness said that militants had raised their flag at the mayor’s office and battles were occurring within the city itself. Coalition airstrikes forced the militants to retreat, but clashes continued outside the city. A Sahwa leader later said the fighting was over, and with the help of the Albu Nimr tribe dozens of militants were killed. At least 20 militants have been counted as killed. At least 42 security members were killed and 32 were wounded. More are missing.
In Mosul, a deputy attorney general was executed a day after her "arrest" by militants.
A roadside bomb killed two Peshmerga and wounded three more in al-Aosaj.
A roadside bomb near the Hamrin Dam killed a police officer and wounded four more.
In Diyala province, volunteer fighters and air forces killed 50 militants while liberating 30 villages.
Six militants were killed near the Adhaim Dam.
Security forces killed six militants in Warrar Camp.
Dozens of militants were killed in Yathrib, Duluiya, and Ahbab.
Airstrikes and clashes took place in Yathrib.
Duluiya also saw airstrikes.
Clashes occurred in Haditha.
Read more by Margaret Griffis
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- PKK Launch Rocket at Turkey; Six Killed in Iraq – January 14th, 2018