Turkey, for its part, has refused to withdraw troops it deployed near Mosul last week, saying they are a necessary part of the international force which is training troops to fight against the Islamic State.
Amnesty International is blaming decades of arms transfers into Iraq for the debacle that followed the Islamic State’s invasion of Iraq. The militants were able to steal weapons, particularly in Mosul, for their use in Iraq and in Syria as well.
At least 25 were killed and 18 were wounded:
Missiles killed five people and wounded six more in Ramadi.
Two people were killed and six were wounded in a bombing in Madaen.
In Baghdad, gunmen killed a bodyguard who worked for Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq.
In Latifiya, a bomb wounded three people.
A soldier was wounded in Iskandariya while attempting to defuse a bomb.
At least 13 militants were killed and two were wounded during operations in Garma.
Four militants were killed in Subaihat.
Dozens of militants were killed in strikes on Albu Alli al-Jassim and Albu Farraj.
Read more by Margaret Griffis
- Many Casualties in Mosul Attacks; 151 Killed in Iraq – June 23rd, 2017
- Teenagers Blown-up by Old Landmine; 46 Killed in Iraq – June 22nd, 2017
- Great Mosque Destroyed in Mosul; 91 Killed in Iraq – June 21st, 2017
- Chemical Weapons Report in Mosul; 84 Killed in Iraq – June 20th, 2017
- 92 Killed in Iraq, Including French and Kurdish Journalists – June 19th, 2017