266 Killed Across Iraq As Militants Storm Mosul University

At least 266 people were killed and 87 more were wounded in the ongoing bloodshed, which the foreign minister blamed on Prime Minister Maliki. Also, Islamic State militant avoided another confrontation with Mosul residents and targeted their university instead of an ancient shrine or mosque.


Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari blamed Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for the takeover by the Islamic State. He also pointedly mentioned the Interior and Defense Ministers in his complaint. Maliki himself is the acting minister of the Interior, having failed to present an approvable candidate to parliament. The Interior Ministry is in charge of the federal police forces and so is also responsible for any lapses in defense. Maliki also bypassed parliament when he directly appointed Saadoun al-Dulaimi in 2011. Dulaimi had been defense minister under the former prime minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

Militants stormed Mosul University where they destroyed materials pertaining to arts, education, economics, law, and management. They claimed those avenues of study violate sharia law.


In Baghdad, five people were killed and 16 more wounded during multiple explosions in Kohlani Square. A bomb in Habibiya killed one person and wounded seven more.

A car bomb killed nine people and wounded 21 more in Sadr City.

In Dali Abbas, shelling killed four people and wounded four more.

Two people were killed and 14 more were wounded when Falluja came under its daily shelling attack.

A bomb in Madaen wounded two people and injured seven more.

In Duquq, seven civilians were wounded in an air strike. Outside of town, a roadside bomb wounded a policeman.

A bomb wounded seven civilians, including a child, in Qadisiya.

In Jurf al-Sakhar, clashes left 17 soldiers dead and three more wounded, while 23 militants were also killed.

Peshmerga forces killed 20 militants and captured 30 more during a battle at the Zumar oil fields. The militants had attacked oil protection offices, killing five security personnel.

In Haditha, 53 militants were killed in clashes.

Sixty militants were killed during airstrikes on Haditha and Qaim.

In Mosul, government airstrikes killed four women and a child. Forty militants were killed in another airstrike. An armed group killed two more.

Eighteen gunmen were killed near Falluja.

Many militants were killed during airstrikes in Garma.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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