257 Killed Across Iraq, Mostly In Security Ops

At least 257 people were killed, mostly militants across Iraq today. At least 50 more were wounded.


Near Qara Qosh, Islamic State militants evicted monks from Monastery of the Martyrs Saint Behnam and his Sister Sarah, which dates to the 4th Century. The monks, who belong to the Syrian Catholic Church, were forced to leave behind relics and were allowed to take only the clothing they were wearing. They walked several miles before being found by Kurdish forces.


Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq militants kidnapped 22 people from a village near Baquba. The Shi’ite militiamen may have believed the men to be Sunni militants.

Ten civilians were killed in Hawija during an air strike. A tribal leader blamed I.S. militants for locating a base in town. Among the dead were an elderly couple and three children. At least seven more people were wounded.

In Rawa, air strikes left 38 militants dead. Two civilians were also killed and 13 more were wounded.

In Falluja, shelling left three civilians dead and 13 wounded. Security forces killed more than 100 militants. Fifty more were killed outside of town.

A car bomb near Ramadi killed one civilian and wounded five more.

Three people were killed and four were wounded during a mortar attack on a home in Dali Abbass.

In Baghdad, a body was found in Doura. Another body was found in Obeidi.

Gunmen killed a leading Sahwa member and wounded his driver in Diyala province.

In Mosul, four Peshmerga were wounded in a clash.

Security forces killed 33 militants south of Baghdad.

In Baaj, air strikes destroyed 30 vehicles, killing all the militants in them.

Peshmerga forces killed eight militants in Jalawla.

Six militants were killed in Jurf al-Sakhar. Three policemen were wounded in a clash.

Dozens of militants were killed in Tuz Khormato.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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