The United States is sending 400 troops from the 101st Airborne Division to Qayara to set up a logistics base at the recently capture airfield. The airfield is expected to play an important role in the operation to recover Mosul.
Islamic State militants have reportedly destroyed all the land deeds issued by the Iraqi government in Mosul. The militants issued new documents to those who are occupying homes currently. It is unknown if residents who have fled will lose ownership of their properties should Daesh lose control of Mosul. Of particular concern are homes that are owned by people belonging to minority groups, such as Kurds or Yazidis.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) believes that thousands of civilians may have been detained while trying to escape Daesh rule in Hawija, Rashad, Riyadh, and nearby areas. The militants may be using them as human shields. A dozen executions blamed on the militants was reported yesterday.
Mahma Khalil, the mayor of Sinjar, says a new town will have to be built from scratch. The cost of rebuilding Sinjar–clearing the town of explosives and renovating the buildings severely damaged by war–is greater than it would be to start fresh.
At least 51 people were killed and two more wounded:
Eighteen militants were killed during clean-up operations in Khalidiya.
Read more by Margaret Griffis
- Seven U.S. Airmen Among 131 Killed in Iraq – March 16th, 2018
- U.S. Military Helicopter Crash; 63 Killed in Iraq – March 15th, 2018
- Mass Grave Found Near Kirkuk; 29 Killed in Iraq – March 14th, 2018
- Militiaman Shoots P.M.’s Security Officer; 32 Killed in Iraq – March 13th, 2018
- Scattered ISIS Attacks near Kirkuk; 54 Killed in Iraq – March 12th, 2018