Suicide Bombers Strike Government Buildings; 131 Killed Across Iraq

Having successfully steered Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi into submitting names for a new cabinet, Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ended his sit-in. Lawmakers now have 10 days to approve the nominees. He also told his followers to abandon their sit-in as well, but to continue their weekly protests throughout Iraq.

The U.S. military has as many as 21 generals in Iraq, even though there are only about 5,000 troops.

At least 131 were killed and 21 were wounded:

Four people were killed and another was wounded when two suicide bombers attacked government buildings in Makhmour. A third attack was reported. Thirteen militants were killed in artillery strikes.

A bomb in Tarmiya killed three people and wounded seven more.

Gunmen wounded a civilian in Husseiniya.

In Hit or Sharqat, strikes left 60 militants dead.

Battles at a hospital in Hit left 22 militants dead.

A strike killed 20 militants in Mosul.

Two militants were killed and four were wounded in the Garma region.

In Baghdad, security forces killed four militants and wounded eight more.

Several militants were killed, including a commander, near Ramadi.

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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.