246 Killed in Iraq; Anbar’s Governer Seriously Hurt in Mortar Attack

At the very least 246 people were killed as U.S. airstrikes helped reclaim a small, but important, part of Anbar Province today. Only six people were reported wounded, but two of them were important officials from Anbar, including the governor.

The targeting area for U.S. airstrikes expanded deep into Anbar province, where Iraq forces ramped up efforts to save the Haditha Dam from falling into Islamic State control.

When officials, including Anbar’s governor Ahmed al-Dulaimi, were touring the nearby and just reclaimed town of Barwana, a mortar round struck near them, injuring the governor and a local leader. One bodyguard was killed and another was wounded. The governor condition deteriorated during the day. The other official injured during the attack was the mayor of Haditha. The operation left 45 militants dead.

In Mosul, there are reports that 41 people were executed, including children and a woman who ran for a parliamentary post.

Eight bodies were delivered to the Khalis hospital. It is believed they belonged to truck drivers who were kidnapped in Suleiman Beg about 10 days ago.

Mortars killed six in Ishaqi.

A woman and child were killed in Muqdadiya when a shell landed on their home.

In Abu Saida, one refugee was killed and two more were wounded when gunmen attacked a vehicle loaded with refugees.

Two children were wounded during shelling in al-Zerkosh.

In Baghdad, a civilian was gunned down. Four militants were killed. An operation left even more of them dead.

Forty militants were killed during strikes in al-Sger.

In Jurf al-Sakhar and al-Owesat, 35 militants were killed.

Airstrikes killed 16 militants in Tal Afar.

In Duluiya, helicopter strikes killed 16 militants.

Fifteen militants were killed in Arab Jabour.

Another 15 were killed in Fadhiliya.

Peshmerga forces in Jalawla killed a suicide bomber approaching their checkpoint.

Dozens of militants were killed in airstrikes around Amerli.

In Bashiqa, airstrikes killed dozens of militants.

Airstrikes killed militants in Rawa.

Airstrikes near Riyadh left a number of militants dead.

In Qaim, a Syrian warplane bombed a home, but the number of casualties is unknown.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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