Battles with Militants Leave 357 Killed, 150 Wounded across Iraq

Battles and airstrikes took their toll on militant forces, leaving almost 300 of them dead. Attacks against security forces and civilians drove the total number of dead today to 357 killed. Another 150 people were wounded.

Fighting between Peshmerga forces and Islamic State militants continued today in Zumar and nearby areas. Several residents say that the militants are in control of the city and nearby oil fields and refinery. Peshmerga officials say reinforcements have arrived, but first the troops retreated in order for Iraqi government planes to conduct air strikes.

The number of dead security personnel climbed by nine deaths, while 80 more militants were killed. Hospital officials in Duhok said 60 wounded arrived there for treatment, but they did not say how many were civilians. It appears the fighting will continue in Zumer and Sihela. Peshmerga forces were able to retake Kiske.

Two Peshmerga members were killed during a clash in Kalak.

In Jurf al-Sakhar, 23 soldiers were killed during overnight shelling. At least 37 militants were killed, and at least eighteen militants were also wounded. A roadside bomb wounded five federal policemen. Battles rage almost daily in this area.

Seven soldiers were wounded during operations in Jurf al-Sakhar and nearby in Latifiya and al-Hamya. Another five militants were killed in Latifiya. Also, in Latifiya, a rocket killed a militant explosives expert and his son.

A suicide car bomber attacked a recruitment center in Balad, where he killed eight people and wounded 28 more.

In Mosul, airstrikes killed six civilians. A bomb killed eight Peshmerga members.

Militants took control of a southern part of Jalawla. At least one Peshmerga member was killed and five more were wounded. Three militants were killed.

In Mansouriya, one woman was killed and four others were wounded in mortar attacks or crossfire.

Six civilians were killed ruing an airstrike on Daquq.

Airstrikes in Tuz killed or injured many militants. A Kurdish security agent was shot dead. A man was beheaded and his brother was kidnapped on charges of collaborating with security officials.

A roadside bomb killed two policemen in Samarra.

Gunmen in Chamchamal killed a civil defense director.

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb wounded nine people, including three civilians.

Airstrikes in Saidiya killed 50 militants.

Five militants were killed in Dujail. Fourteen civilians were wounded in a blast.

Security forces bombed a mosque and other building in Yusufiya, killing 30 militants in them.

Security forces killed 27 militants in Yathrib.

In Hawija, 16 militants were killed during a security operation.

Fifteen militants were killed in Himreen.

In Muqdadiya, 13 militants were killed.

Eight dangerous militants were killed during airstrikes in Haditha.

In Imam Weis, two militants were killed.

Many militants were killed in Ana.

Eyewitnesses said they saw Islamic State militants transporting their dead for burial somewhere in the Tikrit area.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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