Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said there will be no renewed peace process involving the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (P.K.K.) at this time. For Iraq, this will mean continued airstrikes by Turkish jets on northern Iraqi territory, where P.K.K. militants are believed to be hiding. Baghdad has publicly requested the strikes cease, but Turkey has so far refused. Iraq has also ordered Turkish troops to leave Iraqi territory. The troops are stationed near Bashiqa. Turkey claims to need them there to fight the Islamic State militants.
At least 60 people were killed and 22 more wounded:
Fourteen civilians were executed in Mosul.
A suicide bomber in Yusufiya killed two militiamen and wounded eight more.
A bomb in Baghdad killed one person and wounded seven more in Talibiya.
In Basra, gunmen killed one a driver and wounded two bystanders.
In Fallujah, a bomb killed one policeman and wounded two more.
A crew working for al-Ahad TV came under mortar attack in Jazirat al-Khalidiya, leaving a technician dead and a reporter wounded.
A sniper killed a Peshmerga members and wounded another who had stopped to help people fleeing ISIS in Wadi Naft. Warplanes then bombed the militants.
In Daquq, a decomposing body was discovered.
A young man was shot dead in Kirkuk.
A bomb wounded two people in Mahmoudiya.
At least 20 militants were killed when they attacked Peshmerga forces in Shanafi village at the Gwer front.
Security forces killed 14 militants in Khalidiya Island.
Militants executed three of their own in Hawija, including an emir accused of ordering his troops to retreat.
A strike on Baghdad Island killed a wali and several other militants.
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