The Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Center revealed that 2.2 million Iraqis are among the 38 million people displaced by conflict in 2014. In many cases even the recovery of their home city does help the refugees.
Places like Tikrit are still considered too dangerous for residents. Only now it is the Shi’ite militias the refugees fear, not the Islamic State militants. Shi’ites have also turned a riverbank in Tikrit into shrine to honor the hundreds of soldiers killed in a massacre there last summer. That could fuel their taste for vengeance.
At least 132 were killed and 85 more were wounded.
Clashes in Noran left 14 Peshmerga dead. Dozens of militants were killed as well.
In Daquq, a bomb killed Turkmen militiaman. Two civilians were killed and four more were wounded.
On a highway near Khanaqin, militants killed three men operating an oil tanker, then set fire to the truck.
In Himreen, a roadside bomb killed two militiamen and wounded two more.
One security member was killed and three were wounded by a roadside blast in Ishaqi.
Hours of heavy fighting at the Alas oil field left five militiamen with injuries.
Three people were wounded in a shooting in Sadr City.
In Tal Afar, 31 militants were killed.
Security forces in Hitaween killed 26 militants and wounded 46 more.
Fifteen militants were killed and 20 more were wounded during airstrikes in Hawija.
Security forces killed 13 militants in the Chinese neighborhood in Salah ad Din province.
A bomb in Qayara wounded a militant leader and killed four bodyguards.