Iraq Battles Leave 238 Dead

At least 238 were killed today and 18 more were wounded. Most of the casualties were militants. Iraqi forces reclaimed several more villages today.

Shi’ite militiamen are reportedly executing unarmed Islamic State prisoners after a fierce battle in Jurf al-Sakhar. The fight for the town was long and hard, so the militiamen feel they have the right to treat the prisoners as the prisoners treated civilians while Jurf al-Sakhar was under their control. They say they have found the remains of people killed by the militants. An unnamed Iraqi colonel also made the admission that "many of [their] men were killed by them." The government has been holding back the number of security personnel killed in battles, but it is clear that the number is larger than is being revealed.

Helicopters were a main feature in several operations that pushed back ISIS/DAASH militants over the weekend. With the heavy need for air forces in Iraq, it is clear that the militants will seek out missiles to use against these forces. This could put Coalition forces in danger.

Many Iraqi Christians are now finding refuge in neighboring Jordan.

Militants blew up the Sheikh Mehdi al-Janabi shrine Samarra.

Iraq military forces and Shi’ite militiamen took back several villages in the Hamrin Mountains, the scene of much fighting in recent months. Three security personnel were killed and four were wounded in the clashes.

Fourteen villages in the Hit and al-Baghdadi area were liberated. About 100 militants were killed.

A number of militants were killed in the liberation of Hujair and Askari near Jurf al-Sakhar.

Two suicide bombers killed eight volunteers and wounded 11 more near Baiji.

Ten civilians and 13 militants were killed, in a coalition airstrike in Aionat.

In Mosul, eight journalists were arrested. Four militants were killed.

In Tuz, a bomber was wounded during a failed attempt to blow up a rather large tanker bomb.

A bomb wounded two civilians in al-Hay al-Askari.

A former police chief of Baiji was kidnapped.

Security forces killed 22 militants in al-Hajaj.

In Baghdad, 20 militants were killed. A body was found.

Nineteen militants were killed in al-Sger.

Another 19 were killed in Fadhiliya.

In Ramadi, 12 militants were killed in clashes.

A man in Albu Nimr killed five militants who threatened to confiscate his home.

A militant was killed in Abu Ghraib.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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