Although the fighting has stalled in Fallujah, the Iraqi military has transferred a brigade to the front lines in Makhmour. Hadi al-Amiri, the head of the Badr Organization criticized the move, blaming it on U.S. pressure. The U.S. government had wanted Iraq to tackle Mosul ahead of Fallujah, but recent attacks on Baghdad forced the government to try to recover nearby Fallujah first.
The situation for refugees fleeing the Fallujah area continues to be difficult. The government has mostly kept journalists away from the camps, but a team from The New York Times was able to reach one. There are few supplies in camps, especially water. However, many of the Sunni refugees say even Shi’ite militiamen are treating them well.
Ten mass graves were discovered in Hardan.
At least 75 were killed or found dead, and 46 more were wounded:
In Baghdad, a bomb in the Jisr Diyala district killed two people and wounded six more. One person was killed and six were wounded by a blast in Kera’iyat. In Shurgat al-Baya, a bomb killed two people and wounded five more. A sticky bomb killed one person and wounded two more in western Baghdad.
Militants executed 10 people in Mosul.
A bomb killed two people and wounded 11 more in Tarmiya.
Four civilians were killed and several more were injured in Saqlawiya. Shi’ite militias have been accused of torturing these people to death and holding hundreds more captive.
In Muqdadiya, a roadside bomb killed a boy.
Gunmen killed a lawyer in Baquba.
A civilian was shot dead in Wajihiya.
In Abu Saida, one person was shot dead.
A strike on Haditha left 30 militants dead.
Militants accidentally exploded a bomb at their own factory in Qayara. Ten were killed and 12 were wounded. Several civilians nearby suffered from some type of contamination possibly due to chemicals stored at the factory.
In Zarka, security personnel killed six militants and wounded four more.
Two militant leaders were killed in strike in Nimrod.
A militant official was killed in Diyala province.
Dozens of militants were killed in Amiriyat al-Fallujah.
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