Shi’ite militiamen were ordered out of Tikrit, following a government deal between Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and officials from Salah ad Din province. The men were forced out over allegations that they were looting and destroying the properties they had just saved from the Islamic State militants. Reports of looting dropped dramatically after federal and local police organizations became responsible for security, but the city is in ruins.
P.M. Abadi said that beating the militants in Tikrit was very encouraging, but he also explained the complicated state of affairs in Iraq and the tough battle that lies ahead.
The Islamic State militants released a video showing them destroying the archaeological site of Hatra.
At least 18 were killed.
A militiaman was killed while trying to dismantle a bomb near Taza.
Gunmen killed a civilian in Muqdadiya.
Seven militants were killed in Ramadi.
Helicopter gunships attacked a house near Falluja where they killed five militants.
A militant leader and two companions were killed in Mtabijh.
In Shirqat, a militant leader was killed in an airstrike.
Unidentified gunmen killed a militant in Mosul.
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