Iraq Airstrikes and Clashes Leave 215 Dead

At least 215 people were killed today and 11 more were wounded. Most of the fatalities occurred during airstrikes.

About 50 U.S. troops were deployed to al-Asad air base in Anbar province, near Hit and Haditha. King Abdullah II of Jordan sent a planeload of humanitarian supplies to the same air base, a day after meeting with Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi.

The United Kingdom staged its first drone strike on a group of militants planting roadside bombs near Baiji. Twenty militants were killed in this or another airstrike.

Three F-16 jets purchased by Iraq will be delivered to them in Arizona where pilots will train in their use. An additional plane will be delivered each month until a total of 8 are transferred.

Admitting that Shi’ite militiamen are often undisciplined and hot-headed, an Iraqi general has ordered them away from the front lines after some of them burned down Sunni homes. Sunni residents say that the militiamen are also kidnapping and murdering them.

In Makhoul, bombs killed 15 people.

In Baiji, five soldiers were killed and 11 were wounded in I.E.D. explosions. Security forces killed a militant leader.

Gunmen killed two people in Muqdadiya.

A civilian was shot dead in Abu Ghraib.

Airstrikes in Albu Faraj, Aziz Balad, Baishkan, Khazraj, and Mtaibija left 67 militants dead.

Thirty militants were killed during airstrikes in Riyadh.

In Tikrit, 23 militants were killed.

Twenty militants were killed in Mishraq.

Eight militants were killed in heavy clashes with Peshmerga forces near the Mosul Dam in Wana.

Tribal fighters killed nine militants in Hawija.

In Mosul, a pair of I.E.D.s killed five militants.

An airstrike in Saidiya left four militants dead.

Three militants were killed in Sherwin during an airstrike.

In Buhriz, clashes left two militants dead.

Dozens of militants were killed airstrikes in Sinjar.

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Author: Margaret Griffis

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