Several Iraq Cities Fall to Militants; 36 Killed, 69 Wounded in Other Regions

At least 36 people were killed and 69 more were wounded, officially. However, more were killed as several northern cities, including Mosul, fell into militant control.

Militants certainly conquered fresh areas in their quest for Mosul, but one security official went as far as describing the city as already "lost." Most of the security checkpoints are now held by the militants, and over 2,000 prisoners have been freed from two jails.

A Reuters reporter saw the bodies of security personnel scattered on the streets, but many others dropped their weapons and slipped out of uniform to escape the fighting. A staging ground has been set up near Baghdad to accommodate retreating troops.

Also, 28 Turkish truck drivers delivering fuel to Mosul were kidnapped. There are reports that dozens of female students are trapped at the University of Mosul.

The only official report of casualties in Mosul was that of a shooting in which one policeman was killed and three more were wounded.

Security personnel have also fled Hawija, while militants have taken over several nearby cities, including Zab, Riyadh, Rashad and Yankaja. Qayara is under militant control. Suleiman Bek was claimed. Militants also seized Albu Ajeel.

Gunmen have taken over a checkpoint on the outskirts of Tikrit. They have taken control of nearby villages, including Kenitra, Khemisset, and Sheikh Hamad.

Tuz Khormato and Jalawla may be under Peshmerga protection. Baghdad has resisted using these Kurdish fighters in the past, and the Iraqi government’s permission may be needed for reinforcements to be used outside of where they are already stationed.

Security forces claimed to have inflicted heavy casualties on militants in Shirqat; however, the city came under control of insurgents anyway. Gunmen attacked a checkpoint where they wounded three policemen, but one gunman was also killed.

In other regions including Anbar:

In Baquba, two bombs at a funeral for a university professor killed yesterday left 25 dead and 45 injured.

Shelling, likely by the Iraqi military, killed two civilians and wounded nine more in Falluja.

A suicide bomber killed a Sahwa member and wounded four more in Amiriyat al-Falluja.

Two people were gunned down in Baghdad.

A car bomb in Rutba killed one person and wounded five more.

A farmer’s body was discovered in Huwaish. The body was rigged to explode, but nobody else was hurt.

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Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.