Civilian Casualties in Turkish Airstrikes as 174 Are Killed Across Iraq

by , February 05, 2016

Three British soldiers were reported wounded during an operation deep within Islamic State territory near Mosul. The report has not been confirmed by the military.

Turkish warplanes bombed Fadiliya, killing three civilians and wounding two more.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the top Shi’ite cleric in Iraq, has announced he will no longer deliver weekly political sermons. Instead, political statements will be released occasionally. No reason was given for the change.

Canadian P.M. Justin Trudeau still plans on keeping his campaign promise to reduce the number of fighters conducting bombing missions; however, it appears that Canada, a Coalition partner, will keep its reconnaissance and refueling planes and also increase the number of troops.

Amnesty International released a report describing Iraq’s refusal to punish Shi’ite militiamen accused of war crimes against Sunni civilians.

At least 174 were killed and 62 were wounded:

Clashes during the liberation of Kodella left 15 tribal fighters dead and 34 wounded. Seventy militants were also killed.

Three civilians were killed and four were wounded during an airstrike on Falluja.

Thirty militants were killed in an airstrike related to the wounding of the British soldiers near Mosul.

In the Baghdadi area, 17 militants were killed during an artillery strike.

Twelve militants were killed and 19 were wounded during strikes on Dibs.

Eleven militants were killed in Shirqat.

Six militants were killed during operations in Malha.

In Alam, four militants were killed.

At least three suicide bombers were killed in the Albu Shejil area.

Security forces killed dozens of militants in Baiji.

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