196 Killed and 86 Wounded As Bombers Return to Baghdad

At least 196 people were killed and 86 more were wounded.

Seemingly ignoring the danger from ISIS/DAASH militants, hundreds of thousands of Shi’ite pilgrims are in Karbala, or heading there, for Arbaeen observances, which culminate on Saturday.

The Ministry of Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan revealed that 727 fighters were killed and 3,564 were wounded in the fight against ISIS/DAASH militants, so far. The fate of 34 more fighters is unknown.

The leader of the Iraqi Turkmen Front, Arshad Salihi, asked the government to arm ethnic Turkmen.

Security forces found the bodies of 16 members of the al-Jabour tribe in a grave in Maqalaa, near Tikrit.

In Falluja, a Coalition airstrike killed nine civilians and wounded 32 more. Six militants were killed separately.

Twelve Shi’ite fighters were killed when a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden Humvee to their base at a school in Dijla. The bombing was followed by mortar fire. At least 15 others were wounded, including civilians. Eight militants were killed in airstrikes.

In the Baghdad region, six people were killed and 23 more were wounded in bomb attacks. Security forces killed two suicide bombers targeting pilgrims. Yesterday, Katyusha rockets wounded 16 people. A body was found in New Baghdad. Another body was found in Tobchi.

Three people were killed during clashes in Garma. Dozens of militants were reported killed.

A woman and child were killed during a mortar attack in Balad.

Fierce battles are underway in Baiji.

In Makishifa, airstrikes left 38 militants dead.

In Dujail, 30 militants were killed in the Albu Haswa district.

Eighteen militants were killed in an airstrike in Qayara.

A security operation in Arab Jabour left 15 militants dead.

Nine militants were killed in Kubaisa.

In Sinjar, seven militants were killed.

An airstrike on Baaj killed six militants.

Five militants were killed in Duluiya.

Militants executed their former governor of Mosul.

Several militants were killed during airstrikes near Muqdadiya.

Several more were killed in al-Bayer as forces retook that area south of Falluja.

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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.