146 Are Killed in Battles and Bombings Across Iraq

by , October 19, 2014

At least 146 people were killed today and 63 more were wounded. Islamic State militants staged an attack just a few miles from Baghdad on Sunday.

The U.N. Mission in Iraq and the U.N. Human Rights Office issued a joint report on the death penalty in Iraq. The report warns that the death penalty could be fueling even more violence due to the unfair practices employed in the courts system. It also does not appear to be acting as a deterrent to extremism.

Baghdad is now admitting 200 Australian special forces members into the country in order to train Iraqi soldiers. The unit had been forced to wait in the United Arab Emirates pending an agreement between the two countries.

In Baghdad, a suicide bomber struck at a funeral in the Harthiya neighborhood, killing 22 and wounded 27 more.

Seven soldiers were killed in an attack in Zaidan that also left 28 wounded. Zaidan is just on the other side of Abu Ghraib from the capital.

A suicide bomber driving a military vehicle near the Baiji Refinery killed four soldiers and wounded seven more. A car bomb near the city wounded the police chief of Salah ad Din province.

A suicide bomber attacked a military post in Amiriyat al-Falluja, where he killed three personnel including a major general.

A bomb in Yankja killed two Peshmerga.

Gunmen killed a civilian in Taji.

In Mosul, militants arrested a number of security personnel even though the men claimed to have "repented."

Sixty militants were killed across Anbar province.

Airstrikes in Shirqat killed 30 militants.

Six militants were killed while planting roadside bombs in Moltaqa.

In Jurf al-Sakhar, security forces killed three snipers.

A roadside bomb killed two militants in Muqdadiya.

Many militants were killed, including a wali, in the effort to free a highway between Baiji and Tikrit. A number of militants were killed in an airstrike. Security forces killed two suicide bombers.

Peshmerga forces killed dozens of militants in Zumer.

A failed attack on al-Baghdadi left dozens of casualties.

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