At least 46 Iraqis were killed and 32 more were wounded in today’s violence. The most shocking report, however, may be the discovery of polio in Iraq after a 14-year-absence.
The first case of polio in 14 years has been confirmed in Baghdad. The strain matches one seen in neighboring Syria last year and has paralyzed a six-month-old baby. Although it is unknown how the child caught the highly contagious disease, the return of Iraq refugees and the arrival of Syrian refugees due to the war in Syria is a likely source.
Shelling in Falluja killed two women and injured two children.
Security forces denied that militants have taken over parts of Buhriz and said that 21 militants were killed.
In Mosul, four soldiers were killed and six civilians were wounded in a bombing the Tal al-Romman district. Gunmen killed a federal policeman and wounded another policeman and a soldier. A car bomb killed three civilians and wounded three more in al-Mithaq. Another bomb killed a soldier and wounded a child. A bomb wounded five city employees. A policeman was injured in a bomb explosion. Two policemen were shot dead. A sticky bomb wounded a police official and his driver.
In Tikrit, three civilians were killed and two more were wounded when two bombs exploded. Two more blasts wounded four soldiers.
Gunmen killed three Sahwa members and wounded two more at a checkpoint in Hawija.
Five militants were killed during an operation in Baaj.
Near Jurf al-Sakhar, militants blew-up 15 electricity towers.