71 Killed, 86 Wounded Across Iraq As Bombers Hit Baghdad Again

At least 71 people were killed and 86 more were wounded across Iraq. More than half of the fatalities were civilians. Baghdad suffered a bombing spree for the second day in a row.

France launched its first airstrike, and it was directed at an Islamic State weapons depot in Tal Mus.

The United States bombed a training camp near Mosul. At least 40 militants were seen on the ground before the strike.

Expecting a significant attack by ISIS/DAASH militants, Kurdish forces in Syria have withdrawn from 60 villages, while residents have been evacuated from about 100 communities.

Militants have been known to blow up ancient sites that they believe are examples of heresy, but they have also been preserving some historical sites if only to sell off their artifacts.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani released a statement warning Iraqis to not let Western powers use the fight against ISIS/DAASH as an entryway back into Iraq. He also specifically asked for help against the militants in Duluiya.

In Baghdad, nine people were killed during a blast in the Karrada district that also left at least 26 wounded. A bombing at a market in Bayaa killed about four people and wounded 11 more. Five people were killed and 12 were wounded at a Nahrawan market.

Twelve people were killed and seven more were wounded, including women and children, during a mortar attack on Tikrit.

A motorcycle bomb killed 10 people near a Kirkuk gun shop; another 20 were wounded.

A bomb at a parking lot in Mahmoudiya left three dead and 10 wounded.

In Tal Kief, an airstrike killed 10 militants.

An airstrike in Falluja killed seven militants.

Security forces killed four militants near the Haditha Dam.

In Jurf al-Sakhar, four militants were killed.

Three militants died in a clash in al-Sger.

Dozens of militants were killed or wounded in a security operation in Ishaqi.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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