123 Killed in Iraq; Suicide Bomber Strikes in Hilla

Updated at 11:50 p.m., March 7, 2016

On Sunday, a loose coalition of Shi’ite blocs in parliament known as the National Alliance issued a statement in support of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s plans to overhaul the government. The N.A. holds the majority of seats in parliament and could help Abadi put his plans into action. So far, Abadi has been too weak to make good on his promises to end corruption.

M.P. Ashwaq Jaf has called on both Baghdad and Arbil to better supervise the recovery of Yazidi bodies from mass graves. Currently, the bodies are being removed and reburied without proper data collection, including D.N.A. tests. Separately, security forces rescued 30 Yazidis.

Former U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has released a book in which he claims that U.S. officials conferred with Iran before the invasion of Iraq.

At least 123 were killed and 113 were wounded:

About 61 people were killed in a suicide truck bombing in Hilla. At least 95 people were wounded in the explosion that took place at a checkpoint. Security forces were among the casualties.

Clashes between Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) guerillas and Islamic State militants left five guerillas and 22 militants dead near Sinjar.

In Baghdad, a bomb killed two people and wounded nine more in Sabaa al-Bour. Security forces killed 12 militants in the western suburbs.

A sticky bomb killed a civilian in Abu Ghraib.

Near Baquba, a militiaman was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Over a dozen militants were killed in Zammar.

Eight militants were killed in fighting in Gwer.

Security forces in Albu Shejil killed four militants and wounded nine more.

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Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has
been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.