Operation Launched in Shirqat; 50 Killed Across Iraq

As world leaders gathered in New York City for the first day of the United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with U.S. President Barack Obama. Abadi also announced the launch of operations to recover the city of Shirqat, which is home to tens of thousands of people, and two other locations in Anbar province.

Peshmerga officials say their bomb disposal teams have defused over 13,000 booby traps and landmines as well as disposing of munitions and clearing homes. Also, 88 injured fighters are being sent abroad for medical care.

At least 50 people were killed:

In Mosul, militants closed all internet cafes and executed five workers.

Militants released a video of the execution of a man at an undisclosed location. The morgue received the bodies of 28 militants, who were killed in fighting at the front lines.

Seventeen militants were killed in an airstrike on a car bomb factory in Dibs.

In Haditha, a strike left dozens of militants dead.

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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.