Iraq PM Promises No More Airstrikes on Civilians; 63 Killed, 22 Wounded

At least 63 people were killed and 22 more were wounded across Iraq. Most of the victims were militants. Meanwhile, the prime minister ordered the military to stop bombing civilian neighborhoods, but the airstrikes continued.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered Iraqi troops to stop conducting airstrikes in civilian areas, even if they are occupied by Islamic State troops. Under former P.M. Nouri al-Maliki, there were frequent complaints that troops were purposefully bombing civilians. However, the strikes appear to be continuing.

Militants beheaded a tribal chieftain and three of his brothers before dumping their bodies in Rashid.

In Mosul, an airstrike on a storage building at a hospital injured six workers.

Airstrikes in Falluja killed a civilian and wounded several more.

A mobile phone shop owner was murdered in Tuz.

A suicide boat bomber blew up a strategic bridge in Duluiya. A lawmaker from Salah ad Din province asked the Iraqi government to help Duluiya much in the same way that Amerli was rescued.

Sixteen militants were killed and seven were wounded in al-Qraj during security operations that included airstrikes.

In Jurf al-Sakhar, 10 militants were killed. Another 25 were killed and nine were wounded.

U.S. airstrikes killed three militants in Tal Kief.

Security forces in Amiriyat al-Falluja killed two militants.

Gunmen in Qayara attacked a vehicle carrying arms to the ISIS/DAASH militants. They destroyed the vehicle, but the number of casualties was not reported.

Airstrikes killed or wounded dozens in Yathrib.

Many militants were killed when Peshmerga forces liberated several villages around Makhmour.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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