252 Killed in Iraq, Including Iranian Pilgrims

Australia’s Chief of Joint Operations Vice Admiral David Johnston said that Coalition forces have, so far, killed about 9,500 Islamic State militants in Iraq.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated security forces on liberating Tikrit. U.S. officials confirmed that Iraqi forces have pushed into the center of Tikrit, but there are still pockets of resistance.

At least 252 were killed and 17 were wounded.

In Tikrit, the bodies of at least five militants, suspected of being booby-trapped, were seen by embedded reporters. Security forces killed 45 more. On Monday, 180 bodies were sent to Mosul from the war zone around Tikrit.

A suicide bomber attacked a bus full of Iranian pilgrims at a Taji gas station. At least 10 people were killed and 14 were wounded, including Iraqis. They group was returning from Samarra.

Mortars in al-Baghdadi wounded a child and two women.

In Baghdad, an I.E.D. killed a civilian in Bayaa.

A roadside bomb killed a taxi driver in Kirkuk.

Fourteen militants were killed in Garma.

In Mosul, dozens of militants were killed.

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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.