Bomber Strikes in Baquba; 104 Killed in Iraq

The Pentagon confirmed that a senior militant Abu Wahib, the Islamic State’s chief military official in Anbar province, was killed in an airstrike near Rutba on Friday.

Iraqi forces took control of Kabrouk with the help of Coalition airstrikes. This brings troops closer to Qayara and eventually Mosul.

Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti made an unannounced trip to Baghdad and Erbil to discuss logistics for 450 Italian troops tasked with protecting workers at the Mosul Dam. Italy already has about 750 other troops deployed in Iraq as trainers. An Italian company was hired to make necessary repairs to the aging dam.

The crisis in Iraq has forced many displaced children to become child brides.

At least 104 were killed, and 87 were wounded:

A suicide car bomber struck near a bakery in Baquba killing 16 people and wounding 54 more. Daesh claimed the bombing targeted militiamen, but many children were killed instead.

In Baghdad, a bomb killed one person and wounded seven more. Gunmen shot and killed an employee of the Ministry of Industry. Two people were killed and seven were wounded in a bombing.

Three militiamen were killed and 11 were wounded in a double bombing in Latifiya.

In Bashir, a Turkmen fighter was shot dead.

Forty militants were killed during the liberation of Kabrouk.

Near Falluja, airstrikes killed 20 militants.

Security forces killed seven militants and wounded six more in Albu Khanfar, Saqlawiya, and Zagharid.

Seven militants were killed in Subaihat.

Strikes on Haj Ali left three militants dead including a mufti.

In the Lakes region, two militants were killed and two were wounded.

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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.