U.S. Special Forces and Kurdish Anti-Terror Forces killed a senior Daesh commander and two aides responsible for attacking Peshmerga troops at the front lines in the Mosul and Makhmour areas. The joint team was transported via helicopter to Hammam al-Alil, which is deep behind enemy lines. Salman Abd Shabib al-Jabouri (A.K.A. Abu Saif) was the Islamic State’s general commander of southern Mosul areas. Another militant was captured during a helicopter raid on Badush.
The U.S. military has promised $415 million dollars to Peshmerga forces, an additional 200 U.S. troops, and a number of Apache helicopters. HIMARS rocket artillery systems were also in the deal. US Defense Secretary Ash Carter traveled to Baghdad on Monday to finalize the offer. With the extra help, U.S. President Barack Obama now predicts that Mosul may be recaptured by year’s end.
Anti-corruption demonstrators in Baghdad were able to shut down six ministry buildings despite tightened security in the capital. These followers of Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr will gather again on Tuesday.
Russia delivered three Sukhoi SU-25 warplanes to the Iraqi military.
At least 60 were killed and 28 were wounded:
A boy was killed and a woman was wounded in a mortar attack on Abu Garma. Yesterday’s reports stated that another four had been wounded.
Eleven militants were killed in strikes on Albu Ziab.
Security forces killed 20 militants in the Hamrin Mountains.
In the Makhoul Mountains, forces killed seven militants.
Three militants were killed in Baiji.
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