ISIS Executes Own Recruiter; 84 Killed in Iraq

by , January 24, 2016

Although the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Iraq has been at work for less than two weeks, Thamer al-Sabhan has already created controversy. Iraq’s foreign ministry formally protested Sabhan’s recent remarks on the Hashed al-Shaabi. He had said that Iran-backed Shi’ite militias dominate the paramilitary force, making it unwelcome in Kurdish and Sunni areas. While some Shi’ites were outraged by the suggestion, a Sunni Arab bloc in parliament openly supported the statement.

Violence left at least 84 dead and 30 wounded:

A bomb in Abu Ghraib killed two people and wounded eight more.

In Baghdad, a bomb killed one person and wounded six more. Security forces killed six militants and wounded four more.

Airstrikes on Samarra left 21 militants dead, including a commander.

In Mosul, airstrikes left 18 militants dead.

Fifteen militants were killed in Thar Thar.

Security forces killed 11 militants and wounded six more in Husayba.

In Garma, five militants were killed and six were wounded.

Four militants were killed in the Makhoul Mountains.

In Hawija, militants executed a prominent Daesh recruiter on charges of treason.

Several militants were killed in Sajariya, including a senior Daesh official. Iraqi forces have reportedly stormed the area.

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