Militias Sneak into Fallujah; 256 Killed in Iraq Battles, Attacks

Although Shi’ite militiamen promised not to enter the city of Fallujah, witnesses say the militiamen have donned federal police uniforms in order to sneak into the city. There are reports of militia casualties that could confirm the accounts. The U.S. military says it is concerned about the deception. Separately, the United Nations stated that it has received new reports of rights violations by the militias, which the militiamen say is part of a smear campaign.

Lt. General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi said as many as 4,000 militants have been killed during the Fallujah operation. However, the Iraqi government also declared victory in Fallujah on Friday. Heavy fighting there continues.

At least 256 were killed and 20 more were wounded:

In Baghdad, a bomb killed one person and wounded five more in Suleikh. A suicide bomber killed four security members and wounded five more at a checkpoint. Security forces killed a militant.

One policeman was killed and four were wounded in a blast in Mishada.

In Fallujah, a militia leader died in battle. Thirteen militants were found dead. Most of them were decapitated. Security forces killed three militants.

A bomb in Taji injured four civilians.

Two civilians were injured when shells fell on Mukhisa.

In Khirbet al-Sham, strikes left 83 militants dead.

Airstrikes on Zankura left 55 militants dead.

Shelling on Qayara killed three militants. An airstrike killed 10 militants. Another strike killed 14 more.

Twenty militants were killed in strikes on Jaber.

In Nawaran, security forces killed 20 militants.

Eleven militants were killed in strikes on Muhammad Moosa.

Security forces in Saniya killed six militants.

Five militants were killed in Nasr.

In Mosul, militants killed four of their own.

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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.