Bomber Strike East of Baghdad; 138 Killed in Iraq

Although the Islamic State caliphate appears to be losing its power, many of the militants are blending back into the Sunni populations they came from, possibly waiting for a new opportunity to attack.

At least 138 people were killed and 109 were wounded:

A suicide car bomber struck at a checkpoint near Khalis leaving 17 dead. A minibus packed with women and children was among the targets. Over 38 people were wounded, but the figures may rise higher.

In Baghdad, three bombings killed nine people and wounded 26 more in Amin, Bayaa, and Ghazaliya. In Arab Jabour, a blast killed one soldier and wounded four more.

Militants beheaded 28 people from Nimrod and Salamiya for collaborating with security forces

At least 30 people were wounded during a shelling attack on Juhalh. Some of the casualties may have died.

Strikes on Arkaba left 28 militants dead.

In Qayara, strikes killed 20 militants.

Fourteen militants were killed during operations in Khalidiya.

An airstrike on Shalalat killed 11 militants and wounded seven more.

Five militants were killed in a strike on Msrih.

An explosion killed four militants in Shirqat.

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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.