63 Killed across Iraq as More Speicher Victims Are Exhumed

Airstrikes continue across Iraq and Syria, but they seem to have little effect against the Islamic State militants. It is believed the group may be larger than first estimated.

Authorities revealed that 979 bodies, presumed to be Camp Speicher victims, have been exhumed, so far, from mass graves in Tikrit.

At least 63 were killed in fresh violence and five more were wounded:

In Mosul, eight young men were arrested for not growing beards. Two snipers were killed.

Five civilians were wounded in a roadside blast in Tuz.

Militant launched a rocket attack on Qara Tapa after kidnapping a Turkmen civilian there and burning him alive.

Peshmerga forces killed 15 militants in Makhmour.

Fifteen militants were killed in al-Baghdadi.

Using a rocket, security forces killed eight militants trapped in a building near Falluja.

Seven militants were killed in the Alas oil fields.

Security forces at the Japanese Bridge near Ramadi killed six militants.

Five militants were killed in Garma.

In Salam, four 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.