The Iraqi air force publicized the first use of U.S.-made F-16 planes in the war against the Islamic State militants. Separately, the Czech Republic has scheduled delivery of four Czech-made L-59T1 fighters for later this month.
Peshmerga forces have admitted about 400 Kurdish Yazidi women into their ranks, so they can form their own special unit.
Baghdad expressed anger that several leading figures who are wanted by the Judiciary may have attended a meeting in Qatar. Among the unconfirmed attendees reported were former Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi and former Finance Minister Rafie al-Essawi, both Sunnis.
At least 130 were killed and 18 were wounded:
A bomb in Madaen killed two civilians and wounded two people, including a child.
In Baghdad, a sticky bomb killed a civilian and wounded another.
Four civilians were injured when mortars landed in Bani Saad.
A bomb in Taji wounded four soldiers.
A bomb killed an officer and a soldier in Saidiya.
Thirty militants were killed in Albu Aitha.
Security forces in Haditha killed 27 militants.
In Subaihat, nine militants were killed.
In Mosul, unidentified gunmen killed five female militants in charge of enforcing religious laws among women. In a separate incident, gunmen killed three more militants. Militants killed two of their own for “cowardice”. Thirteen militants were killed in an airstrike.
An airstrike on Tal Afar killed five militants, including a wali.
Peshmerga forces shelled militant bases in Nawaran, killing five militants.
In Falluja, five militants were killed.
Four militants were killed in Joabh.
Three militants were beheaded by unknown forces in Shirqat.
A militant was killed in Garma.
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