Militants Capture New Iraq Town; At least 141 Killed

At least 141 people were killed and 73 more were wounded as militants took over more border towns and crossings.

Militants seized the al-Waleed border crossing, which was the last one under government control on the Syrian border. That was expected, but further south they also claimed a crossing into Jordan at Turaibil. Jordan has reinforced security on their side. Nearby Rutba also fell.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights believes that ISIS/DAASH has moved captured military vehicles into Syria from Iraq and is using them in Aleppo province.

Thousands of Shi’ite Turkmen were driven from the villages of Chardaghli, Brawchi and Karanaz, and Beshir. The attacks against them occurred two days ago and many fled to nearby Kirkuk and Tuz Khomato.

Life in Baghdad reflects the uncertainly and fear its residents are feeling. Many shops are closed and traffic is reduced. Shi’ite militias are roaming the streets, even in Sunni neighborhoods. Everyone seems to be expecting the worst.

Naqshabandiya Army militants and ISIS/DAASH militants clashed again today, in the area of Hawija or Hamreen. The two groups were previously allied. Also in Hamreen, a policeman was killed and three colleagues were wounded in an attack.

Judge Rauf Rashid Abd al-Rahman may have been kidnapped and executed by militants. He presided over Saddam Hussein’s genocide trail and sentenced the former leader to death.

Eight people were killed and 13 were wounded near Ramadi, when a suicide bomber attacked and a car bomb exploded at a funeral for a police brigadier general killed Friday during a mortar attack in Qaim.

Clashes left two Peshmerga fighters dead and 14 wounded in Tuz. Fourteen militants were killed.

A roadside bomb near Kirkuk killed two Peshmerga troops and wounded eight more.

Forty militants were killed in Tikrit.

In Dour, security forces killed 25 militants.

Another 25 militants were killed in Jurf al-Sakhar. Mortars killed four volunteers and wounded 35 others.

A sniper in Alam killed an advisor for women’s affairs.

Security forces killed four militants in Adhaim.

Three militants were killed in Saidiya.

In Muqdadiya, three militants were killed.

Gunmen killed a policeman in Rawa.

In Baghdad, a civilian was killed.

In Falluja, four militants were killed, including one of their leaders.

Troops have completely withdrawn from Tal Afar.

In Mosul, air strikes killed many militants.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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