Bomber Targets NZ Base Camp; 20 Killed in Iraq

The United Nations released $15 million from an emergency fund to help pay costs for persons displaced by operations in and around Fallujah. Authorities estimate over 80,000 people have fled the fighting and the Islamic State militants. However, there are not enough supplies for such a large group of people. Across Iraq, over three million people have been displaced from their homes, but the need in Fallujah is urgent. Meanwhile, security forces advanced in Fallujah’s northern neighborhoods. Eventually, the fighting will end in the western areas, according to Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saidi.

New Zealand is extending its training mission in Iraq by 18 months and will deploy some troops to a second location at Besmaya. Currently forces are located at Camp Taji. Hours after the announcement, a suicide bomber attacked Camp Taji. No foreign troops were among the casualties, and Defense Minister Gerry Brownlee denied there was a connection.

At least 20 were killed and 25 more were wounded:

A suicide bomber at Camp Taji killed four Iraqi soldiers and wounded 12 others.

A bomb blasted a family trying to flee Dibs. One was killed and four were wounded.

In Hilla, a bomb wounded one person and destroyed a shop.

In Baghdad, a bomb killed one person and wounded eight more at a Shabb market. A militant commander was killed, along with several companions, as they were trying to plant a bomb.

Security forces killed eight militants, including an important official, at an undisclosed location in Anbar province.

Four militants were killed in a strike on Mosul.

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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.