U.S. officials are preparing for the eventual surge in private security contractors working in Iraq alongside U.S. government personnel. The increase will likely cause controversy as private soldiers have instigated a number of deadly confrontations in the past.
Hundreds of Yazidis are missing from Hardan in northern Iraq. Relatives and neighbors fear that many of them may now be resting in four potential mass graves that have been found. Bodies have already been recovered, but the rest must remain buried until the region is secured.
Two mass graves were found in Saidiya, eastern Iraq.
An estimated 800 people are stricken with cancer every year due to radioactive war remnants polluting Dhi Qar province.
At least 170 were killed and 158 were wounded.
Violent clashes in Duluiya left nine security members dead and 35 wounded.
In Baghdad, a body was found.
A bomb in Baquba wounded two Peshmerga.
In Mosul, a hospital reported receiving 46 dead and 23 wounded from clashes elsewhere in Nineva province.
Security forces in Yathrib and Mutassim killed 27 militants.
In al-Gelam and Aziz Balad, 25 militants were killed.
Three militants killed themselves accidentally when the bomb they were handling blew up in Arab Jabour.
Airstrikes in Badush killed the local militant leader and two brothers.