Airstrikes, Battles, and Bombings Leave 294 Dead Across Iraq

At least 294 people were killed on Sunday. Over 200 of them were militants who died in airstrikes or battles. Of the 51 were wounded, about half were militants.

Underscoring the desperate need for experienced soldiers, the Iraq Army is granting amnesty for deserters who fled ahead of the tidal wave of Islamic State fighters in June. Although there are large numbers of volunteer troops, they are poorly trained for warfare. Over 11,000 have reenlisted, so far, both in the north and in Baghdad. That is only part of the estimated 30,000 who deserted or were simply told to go home by their commanders.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have been holed up for ten days near a bridge in Mantiqa, hoping their ammunition doesn’t run out.

A bomb at a Baiji mosque killed 21 people, mostly women and children, and wounded several more.

In Amiriyat al-Falluja, clashes left six soldiers and 16 militants dead. An ISIS official was killed in an airstrike.

Six policemen were executed in Shirqat.

Shelling in Falluja killed four civilians and wounded 15 more.

In Mosul, militants executed four young people. Twenty militants were killed in eastern Mosul. An airstrike killed 18 militants and wounded 28 more.

Four volunteer fighters were killed and one more was wounded when mortars fell on Tikrit.

Six militants were killed near the Sudor Dam, but so were two security members; two soldiers were wounded.

In Baghdad, gunmen killed a civilian. A dumped body was discovered.

A sniper in Baquba killed one volunteer fighter and wounded another.

Mortar fire wounded four in Jalawla.

In the Ramadi area, 82 militants were killed.

Thirty militants were killed in Makhmour.

An airstrike in Duluiya killed 25 militants.

Eighteen militants were killed in a battle between Ramadi and Saqlawiya.

Eleven militants were killed in Garma.

Between Falluja and Amiriyat al-Fallujah, a militant "judge" and six aides were killed in an airstrike.

An airstrike near Ramadi killed six militants.

Security forces killed five militants in Jurf al-Sakhar.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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