Mass Graves Found in Ramadi; 199 Killed in Iraq

Efforts to out Speaker Salim al-Jabouri have failed again. Lawmakers who want his ousted lack enough support in Parliament. He then suspended Parliament indefinitely. Followers of Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr are currently staging a sit-in protests to encourage lawmakers to reform the government.

A Danish academic claims that Sierra Leone helped a British security firm recruit former child soldiers who then went deployed to Iraq. Most of the recruits are now back home. Maya Mynster Christensen says this program ran counter to Sierra Leone’s state demobilization policy that was put into effect after their civil war.

Turkish warplanes targeted suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) locations in northern Iraq.

Denmark says it will expand its operations in Iraq and begin them in Syria.

Sixty families escaped Islamic State territory and arrived in Makhmour.

At least 199 were killed and 17 were wounded:

A pair of mass graves containing about 40 bodies was discovered in Ramadi. The victims included women, children, and men in civilian garb. A third mass grave may have also been discovered.

Eight Peshmerga were killed in a chemical attack on Makhmour. Dozens of militants were killed in a retaliatory attack against them in Sultan Abdullah.

In Baghdad, a bomb killed one person and wounded eight more in Ghazaliya. A bomb in Saidiya killed two people and wounded five more.

A roadside bomb in Iskandariya wounded two people.

An airstrike on Rashidiya left 81 militants dead.

Turkish troops killed 32 militants in Ba’Shiqah after the militants attacked a tank.

Fifteen militants were killed in an airstrike on Shwayn Valley.

Security forces in the Garma area killed one militant and wounded two more. A militant deputy emir was killed in an operation.

Strikes on Zerga left eight militants dead.

In Kubeisa, three suicide bombers were killed.

Five militants were killed in Albu Ali Jassim.

Two militants were killed in Albu Diab.

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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.