Suicide Bombers Ignite Battles in Ramadi and Baiji; 72 Killed across Iraq

by , July 28, 2015

The head of the Iranian backed militia Asaib Ahl al-Haq accused the United States of not wanting to resolve the Islamic State crisis. Qais al-Khazali said that he believes the U.S. is trying to manage the situation instead and use the militants to redraw the Middle East map.

Turkish airstrikes on Kurdistan Workers Party targets continued into Tuesday night.

The U.N. Human Rights Office is reporting that an increasing number of Iraqis trying to flee Islamic State militant are being attacked as they travel out of militant-controlled territories.

At least 72 were killed and 58 were wounded:

Three suicide bombers struck in a suburb of Baiji and tried to clear the way for other militants to charge ahead. Battles are still ongoing. At least nine security members were killed and 23 were wounded. No exact figures on militant casualties were available.

Three suicide bombers also attacked Anbar University in Ramadi. Another 12 roadside bombs were detonated, and militants attempted to storm the campus. Eight militants were killed and 26 were wounded in ongoing battles.

Six young men were executed in Hawija.

Shelling in Khalidiya left two civilians dead and nine wounded.

Three civilians were executed in Mosul.

In Baghdad, three dumped bodies were found.

Thirty militants were killed in Garma.

In Falluja, a militant financial minister was killed. Four suicide bombers were killed.

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