The climax of Arbaeen observances took place without a major attack on Shi’ite pilgrims who are in the holy city of Karbala. The police said they would continue the current security programs for several more days as the city empties of its 17.5 million visitors.
The head of Anbar’s provincial council asked for foreign troops to deploy to the province after a dozen villages were captured by Islamic State militants this week.
Peshmerga forces in Jalula said that Shi’ite fighters who were causing problems were expelled from the city but a new group of 15 fighters is working successfully with the Peshmerga.
At least 97 people were killed and 27 more were wounded.
Security forces killed Saddam Hussein’s cousin in southern Tikrit.
Militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter in Samarra, killing two pilots.
Nineteen policemen were killed during an attack Saturday on al-Wafa’a. The town, which lies is to the southeast of Hit, fell during the ordeal. Several policemen are trapped in a station at the border of the city and are in desperate need of rescue due to dwindling ammunition.
On Friday, 21 Sunni tribal fighters were executed in an orchard near Kubaisa after their capture near Baghdadi.
Twelve people were killed and 17 more were injured in a pair of suicide blasts at entrance checkpoints into Haditha.
In Mosul, militants executed two policemen.
Gunmen in Baquba killed a policeman and wounded another.
Mortars wounded nine people in Amiriyat al-Falluja.
In Mutassim, 25 militants were killed.
An airstrike in the Kilo 35 area west of Ramadi left seven militants dead.
Five militant leaders were killed in Baiji.