In the Khawr Abd Allah estuary, which currently lies within Kuwaiti territorial waters, an altercation between four armed men and Kuwaiti coast guardsmen left one Kuwaiti and one Iraqi wounded on Thursday. A protest took place as well. Demonstrators on the Iraqi side of the border decried a controversial agreement they say gave away navigational rights of the waterway to Kuwait.
Shi’ite militiamen captured the Sahl Sinjar air base. Karim al-Nuri, a spokesman for the Badr Organization, said that it will become an important base for the militias as they continue to fight the Islamic State militants into Syria.
Although Baghdad may declare Mosul liberated in just a week or so, the United Nations expects that another 200,000 people will be displaced in those coming days. Almost 700,000 have already fled, and those in some eastern neighborhoods have been able to return. However, there are now reports that security forces have coerced some families to return to unsafe neighborhoods.
At least 56 were killed and 37 were wounded:
Two people were killed and eight were wounded in a blast at a market in Abu Ghraib.
Militants executed a young man in Hawija.
Ten militants were killed in clashes in Ain Fathi.
At least dozen militants were killed in strikes on Baaj.
Airstrikes on Qaim killed at least a dozen militants.
Read more by Margaret Griffis
- Heavy Fighting and Counterattacks in Mosul; 61 Killed in Iraq – June 26th, 2017
- Hawija Displaced Found Dead; 200 Killed in Iraq – June 25th, 2017
- Civilians Flee Mosul War Zone; 59 Killed in Iraq – June 24th, 2017
- Many Casualties in Mosul Attacks; 151 Killed in Iraq – June 23rd, 2017
- Teenagers Blown-up by Old Landmine; 46 Killed in Iraq – June 22nd, 2017