125 Killed and 57 Wounded in Iraq As Kurds and Arabs Seek Control of Eastern Towns

Across Iraq, at least 125 were killed and 57 were wounded.

According to the Vicar of Baghdad, Canon Andrew White, militants have beheaded four children at an unspecified time and location, because they refused to convert.

Although Jalawla has been liberated from ISIS/DAASH control, there is still a great deal of conflict. The Kurds want to annex the area, saying it was Kurdish until Saddam “Arabized” it in the 1970s. The Sunnis say that the Kurds have demolished their homes in order to prevent their return. Everyone, however, is afraid of the Shi’ite militias.

Meanwhile, Kirkuk is undergoing a different type of Arabization. Many Arabs have fled violence in other parts of Iraq, and the Kurds are worried that this could change the demographics of the town and hurt their attempt to expand permanent control over the city.

The Iraqi government is apparently pushing for a winter offensive on Mosul, despite U.S. advice that it should wait.

Militants killed 19 members from the al-Obaid tribe in Hawija.

A bomb in Sadr City killed one person and wounded seven more.

A roadside bomb killed one civilian and wounded four more in Tuz.

A policeman was killed and another was wounded as they tried to disarm a bomb in Jurf al-Sakhar.

In Baghdad, a body was found.

Two mass graves, possibly containing hundreds of civilians and security personnel, were discovered south of Mosul.

In Yathrib, strikes killed 43 militants and wounded 38 more.

Airstrikes killed 22 militants in Duluiya.

An airstrike in Tal Afar left 13 militants dead.

Eight militants were killed and seven were wounded during strikes in Hawija, Moltaqa, Rashad and Riyadh.

In Dujail, seven militants were killed.

Five militants were killed in the Numaniya area.

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Author: Margaret Griffis

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