Militants Stitch Civilian Mouths Shut; 59 Killed in Iraq

The new U.S. ambassador to Iraq arrived in Baghdad on Thursday. Douglas A. Silliman was the former ambassador to Kuwait until early last month. He replaces Stuart E. Jones, who had been the ambassador since 2014. Silliman’s full title is “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Iraq.”

At least 59 were killed and 16 were wounded:

Tribal fighters and militants clashed at an entrance to Qayara. Eight fighters and 23 militants were killed.

In Baghdad, a bomb at a restaurant in Hayy al-Jihad killed two people and wounded four more. Two people were killed and eight were wounded when a bomb exploded near shops in Shula.

In Mosul, militants sewed up the mouths of four men who had been caught discussing Iraqi army victories. Residents broke the teeth of a woman who was known as a Daesh biter; she would punish women, who were not following Daesh rules, by biting them.

An airstrike on Baaj left 12 militants dead.

Ten militants were killed in a strike near Hit. Security forces imposed a curfew on the city.

Security forces killed a suicide bomber in Tarmiya.

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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.