406 Killed in Iraq as Intensified Fighting Continues in Anbar

At least 406 were killed and 22 were wounded as intensified fighting continued in Anbar province.

Security forces launched a major operation in the Falluja area on Thursday and declared yesterday’s operation near Ramadi (Sijariya) successful. Fighting was reported in the Hamidiya area as well. It is also near Ramadi.

However, militants killed 300 people, civilians and security personnel, in Qaim in retaliation for the operation. The victims belonged to several tribes, including the al-Karableh, Albu Ubaid, Albu Mahal and Albu Salman tribes. Reports of numerous kidnappings also followed Wednesday’s operation. In Sijariya, six soldiers were killed and 15 were wounded.

In Mosul, 10 doctors were executed for refusing to treat militants. Eleven civilians were killed and four were wounded during intense bombing by Coalition forces. Airstrikes killed two militant leaders.

Militants released a picture of them beheading a man in Tikrit on charges of sorcery.

In Qadisiya, two security personnel were killed in clashes. At least 43 militants were killed.

A mortar attack on Khalidiya and Habaniya left two dead and three wounded.

Thirty-one Yazidis, mostly children, escaped their militant captors near Sinjar.

Thirteen militants were killed during airstrikes in Ramadi.

Peshmerga forces killed 10 militants near Tal Aswad.

In the Hamrin Mountains, six militant leaders were killed.

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Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has
been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.