At least 424 people were killed today and 19 more were wounded. All but nine of the fatalities were militants.
Iran‘s President Hassan Rouhani reiterated his willingness to intervene in order to protect Iraq’s religious shrines.
Saudi Arabia‘s foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, warned that Iraq is on the verge of a sectarian civil war but also said that it should be resolved internally. The Sunni country may be sending a message to its Shi’ite rival, Iran.
In Mosul, there are reports that the tomb of Arabic scholar Ali ibn al-Athir was destroyed. Athir’s historical accounts are still in print. He died in 1233. They also attacked the shrines of Younis and Shet. Two Biblical figures better known in the West as Jonah and Seth.
Christian sites have, so far, remained untouched. There are no solid plans to retake the city of two million. Apparently, it took only 100 militants for the city to fall.
Militants were reported to be arresting Kurdish civilians in Saidiya.
The Iraqi government said over 70 militants were killed in a failed attempt to overcome forces at the Baiji oil refinery. One of the casualties was a militant leader from Saudi Arabia. Internal sources at the refinery, however, said that militants controlled about 75 percent of the complex.
Nineteen militants were killed during operations in Adhaim.
In Garma, a military airstrike on a weapons storehouse left six militants dead.
Ten militants were killed in Albu Hazza.
In Tikrit, security forces killed 12 militants.
Security forces killed seven militants in Jurf al-Sakhar, just south of Baghdad.
In Muqdadiya, two militants were killed.
Three militants were killed in Baghdad.
A large number of militants were killed in Hor al-Basha including one leader.
Four people were killed and 11 more were killed during shelling in Falluja.
In Madaen, a policeman was shot dead.
Fierce clashes took place in Saqlawiya.
Clashes also took place in Hit.