Dozens Sickened After Rocket Attack; 64 Killed in Iraq

by , February 26, 2016

Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr held a large rally in Baghdad today. He called on Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, to act on his promises to tackle corruption and fix Iraq’s government. Some reports put the number of spectators at over 100,000.

At least 64 were killed, and 41 were either injured or sickened :

Dozens of Peshmerga fighters and civilians were sickened after a rocket attack on Sinjar this week. Kurdish officials are investigating the incident as a chemical weapons attack. At least 29 civilians were sickened or injured, including women and children. Three militants were killed in separate strikes.

In Mosul, militants executed an imam. Clashes left a militant leader dead. Airstrikes killed six civilians and wounded a dozen more, as well as killing 16 militants.

Security forces killed 20 militants during operations in Albu Shejil, Garma, and Nazim al-Thar Thar.

Eleven militants were killed during operations in Hamediya.

Security forces killed three militants in Jabriya.

Three militants were killed in Falluja.

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