Iraq PM Offers Reforms; 128 Killed across Country

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced an extensive plan to reorganize the Iraqi government. The plan has been approved by the Cabinet but still needs to pass in Parliament. In it, he recommends abolishing several high level posts including those of the deputy premiers and vice presidents. A review of all corruption cases is also in the works. As well as dealing with corruption, the plan aims to save the government a considerable amount of money.

Oil transfers to the Iraqi government from Kurdish region has ceased. The Kurds say Baghdad has not lived up to its part of a deal brokered last year, so they must increase their income by selling the oil directly.

The United Nations again warned that a lack funding for food assistance is endangering the millions of Iraqis who depend on it. The U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator, Lise Grande, estimates that the funding will run out in about eight weeks.

At least 128 were killed and 16 were wounded:

In Ramadi, six women were killed and four others were wounded during an airstrike. An airstrike also killed a wali. Eight other militants were killed as well.

Near Kirkuk, two bodies bearing signs of torture were found. A civilian was shot dead.

A Jabour clan elder and several relatives were executed in Mosul.

A policeman was shot dead in Tuz.

Airstrikes near Hawija and the Ajil and Alas oil fields left 18 militants dead and 12 wounded.

Seventeen militants were killed in Msheihda.

Near Sinjar, 15 militants were killed.

Airstrikes on Baaj killed 15 militants.

In Tal Afar, 11 militants were killed.

Fifteen militants were killed in Husayba.

An airstrike in Rutba killed six militants.

Four militants were killed in Hit.

In Shura, a wali and three associates 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.