248 Killed across Iraq as Battles Rage in Anbar

by , July 05, 2015

Iraqi strikes on multiple locations in Anbar province killed dozens of people, but it is unclear whether all the victims were militants. Fighting also increased throughout the province and into the Baiji area.

At least 248 were killed and 128 were wounded:

Fifty people were killed during a midnight airstrike on an athletic field in Ramadi. The young men were playing the traditional game of al-Muhaibis late into the night when militants turned up to recruit them. Shortly after their arrival, the strike occurred. An illegal barrel bomb may have been used. Thirty militiamen were reported killed in separate clashes with the militants.

Shelling in the Falluja region left 23 dead and 40 wounded. An airstrike killed five militants.

Fighting at the Haditha Dam left 10 security members and 20 militants dead. Fifteen soldiers were also wounded.

In Heitaoyen, clashes left four security members dead and 10 wounded. Twelve militants were killed.

Two suicide bombers struck at the Baiji refinery, driving back security forces. At least nine soldiers were killed. Separately, 18 militants were killed.

Fourteen soldiers were wounded during a mortar attack on Zaidan.

In Baghdad, a bomb killed four and wounded 14 outside a cafe in the Obeidi district. Near a restaurant in Jisr Diyala, a bomb killed four people and wounded 11 more. A blast killed three people and wounded 11 at a bus stop in Shula.

A bomb at a bus stop killed four and wounded nine in Husseiniya.

A bomb near an orchard in Muqdadiya wounded two people. Another roadside bomb killed one militiaman and wounded two more.

Two suicide bombers killed 21 militiamen at al-Sheena

In Mosul, militants kidnapped 111 children in order to indoctrinate them or train them to fight. Another 78 people, their parents, were detained for complaining. Peshmerga forces killed 22 militants..

Airstrikes targeting positions near Speicher Air Base left 39 militants dead.

Twelve militants were killed in Saniya.

Five militants were killed during the liberation of Saqlawiya.

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