56 Killed in Iraq as Falluja Assault Draws Closer

by , February 25, 2016

The United Nations issued a new report attempting to quantify the bloodshed in Iraq. Officials believe that between Jan. 1, 2014, and Oct. 31, 2015 at least 18,802 civilians were killed and 36,245 were wounded. These and other figures in the report could be significantly higher.

At least 56 were killed and 50 were wounded:

In Baghdad, a pair of suicide bombers killed 15 people and wounded 50 more at a Shi’ite mosque in the Shoala neighborhood.

Security forces liberated the Albu Daeig area near Falluja, killing 19 militants in the process.

In Mosul, airstrikes killed four militants. Unidentified gunmen killed another three.

Clashes left seven militants dead in the Makhoul Mountains.

In Salah ad Din province, airstrikes killed three militants.

A man in Kubeisa reportedly killed his son and several companions after the son joined Daesh and asked his father to divorce his mother.

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