Military Progress Slows as 200 Killed in Iraq

Although progress has also slowed in Hit, troops were able to recover the government center on Tuesday. Islamic State militants still control about 30 percent of the city.

Sectarian squabbles were cited among the reasons that the Nasr offensive has been postponed.

In an effort to secure support, a Christian officer was made commander of the Shi’ite Hashd al-Shaabi militia in Nineveh province.

Turkish jets bombed suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) targets in the Qandil Mountains.

The Iranian and U.S. governments are putting pressure on allies to ensure that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi remains in office during his government reform campaign.

At least 200 people were killed and 20 were wounded:

In Baghdad, two people were killed and nine were wounded in a car bombing. A suicide bomber killed one person and wounded two more. Two civilians were wounded in another blast.

A bomb at a Mahmoudiya market left two dead and seven wounded.

A failed attack left 100 militants dead near Garma.

Security forces killed 40 militants in Baghdadi.

In Saniya, 25 militants were killed.

Sixteen militants were killed in Hit.

In the Makhoul Mountains, 12 militants were killed.

A suicide bomber was killed near Bashir.

Read more by Margaret Griffis

Author: Margaret Griffis

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