Chemical Attacks Continue; 218 Killed in Iraq

by , March 12, 2016

Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called on his followers to stage a massive, days-long sit-in next weekend outside the Green Zone in Baghdad, with the hope that the demonstration will force lawmakers to stop resisting reform.

Turkey reported killing 67 Kurdish guerillas in airstrikes across northern Iraq. Turkey frequently, and without Baghdad’s permission, launches strikes on suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) targets in Iraq.

Over a thousand civilians being used as hostages were rescued from the villages of Zankura and Qariya Asriya.

At least 151 were killed and 458 were wounded or sickened:

The Iraqi government executed several people, including a Saudi man.

Chemical attacks continued in Taza on Saturday, raising the total number of victims to 600, up by 400 sickened from the last estimate. So far, one toddler has died from the effects of the agent, which is believed to be mustard gas. An Iranian medical team arrived to treat patients.

Abu Teiban and Safiriya were liberated. Eight security members were killed and five were wounded. At least 24 militants were also killed in the fighting.

Militants attacked the Makr al-Nu’am border crossing with Saudi Arabia. After several hours of fighting, three guards were dead and five were wounded. At least nine militants were killed.

Fighting at the Alas and Ajil oil fields left as many as 15 security members dead. At least 25 militants were killed and 20 were wounded.

A 15-year-old shepherd was killed in Makhmour and three others were wounded when they came across very old ordnance that suddenly exploded.

One Peshmerga was killed and five were wounded in an attack in Dibis that left six militants dead.

In Albu De’ij, a sniper killed a major.

A female suicide bomber has reportedly killed dozens of militants in Sharqat.

In Kirkuk, gunmen killed a civilian.

Four militiamen were wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Iskandariya.

Twenty militants were killed during the liberation of Qotniya and Dour.

In Riyadh, tribal fighters killed 14 militants and wounded seven more.

Fourteen militants were killed in a strike on Baghdadi.

In Hit, a strike killed six militants and wounded four more.

A militant leader was killed in Baquba.

A number of militants were killed in attacks on Zarga, and the Makhoul Mountains.

Dozens of militants were killed in Khalidiya.

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