Sadr Threatens More Protests; 165 Killed in Iraq

For the first time since operations against the Islamic State militants began, the U.S. military deployed a B-52 bomber, which launched a strike against a weapons facility in Qayara.

Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on his followers to continue peaceful protests, while he warned the government against interfering with the demonstrations. Currently, the protesters are limited to using Tahrir Square. Sadr also asked lawmakers who are loyal to him to cease participating in a sit-in that is underway inside Parliament, so that a quorum can be reached. However, he doesn’t want them participating in any voting or procedures except electing a new Cabinet.

At least 165 were killed and 62 were wounded:

Heavy fighting in Garma left four security members dead and six wounded. Seventeen militants were also killed. Iraqi forces captured three villages.

In Mosul, five people were executed after being accused of sodomy. Two of the victims were militants. All five were thrown from a building. Another 22 militants were executed for desertion.

Clashes in Bashir left one security member dead and three wounded. Thirty militants were killed in the fighting, and 40 more were wounded.

A bomb targeting a police patrol in Baghdad killed one and wounded three more. Another bomb killed two people and wounded eight more. Gunmen kidnapped a dozen workers from a project in the Amin district.

A farmer was killed and two more were wounded when a bomb exploded in al-Had al-Akbar.

In Qayara, 23 militants were killed, but it is unclear if this is related to a B-52 bomber strike that was also reported.

In Serkran, an airstrike killed 15 militants.

Federal policemen killed 14 militants in the Makhoul Mountains.

An airstrike on Sharqat killed 13 militant leaders.

At least a dozen militants were killed during a strike on Tal Afar.

Five militants were killed in an airstrike 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.