Dozens Sickened in Chemical Attack; 113 Killed in Iraq

by , March 09, 2016

Officials identified a militant captured last month by U.S. ground forces near Tal Afar as Sleiman Daoud al-Afari. Afari was in the Military Industrialization Authority during the Saddam administration, where he worked on chemical weapons. A job he is believed to have continued with the Islamic State.

Residents of Suleiman Bag say that Shi’ite militias are preventing their return to their homes. They are living in nearby areas with little access to basic services. Baghdad has, so far, ignored their requests.

At least 113 were killed and 106 were wounded:

Over 40 people were poisoned during a mortar attack on Taza. The residents say the shells were carrying a substance that caused skin and lung irritation. Peshmerga forces also reported being attacked by mustard gas.

In Mosul, militants killed four Yazidi women for trying to escape. Another two women were executed.

Six security personnel were killed and 13 were wounded during heavy fighting in Albu Bali and Albu Obeid. Dozens of militants were also killed.

Militants attacked a thermal power station in Baiji, where they killed five security personnel and wounded six more.

In Baghdad, a civilian was gunned down in Ameriya. Another civilian was shot dead in Doura. Two people were killed and seven were wounded in a bombing.

An attempt to defuse a car bomb killed two Kurdish agents and wounded two more. They had stopped the car on a road between Kirkuk and Sulaymaniya.

Two militiamen were killed in a blast in Adhaim.

A bomb planted on a bus in Husseiniya killed one person and wounded six more.

In Haditha, 22 militants were killed during operations.

Airstrikes in and around the Qayara region left 20 militants dead and 30 wounded.

Seventeen militants were killed in the liberation of Asiriya.

Security forces killed eight militants and wounded two more at a camp near Baquba.

Ten militants were killed in a strike on Hamediya.

In Amiriyat al-Falluja, nine militants were killed.

Security forces in Bashir killed a militant in charge of planting bombs.

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