96 Killed, 59 Wounded in Prayer Day Attacks, Battles Across Iraq

Updated at 2:33 p.m. EST, Nov. 8, 2014

The White House said it will deploy 1,500 more U.S. troops to train and assist Iraqi forces. Meanwhile, at least 96 people were killed on Friday and 59 were wounded.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani gave his weekly speech through an aide, as usual. In it, he blamed corruption in the armed forces for the advance of the Islamic State militants. He gave as proof the disintegration of those forces.

The head of the Anbar Provincial Council, Sabah Karhoot, warned that Sunni tribes will directly ask for foreign ground troops, if Baghdad does not send military help to the Sunnis soon. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has repeatedly insisted there will be no foreign ground troops in Iraq; however, if the perception remains that Baghdad is failing its Sunni citizens, there could be increasing calls for those troops.

In Baiji, a suicide truck bomber killed a senior police commander, who was one of the leaders of the current operation to liberate the city, and seven policemen; 15 others were wounded. Earlier, a bomb killed five personnel and wounded 11 more. Another suicide bomber killed two SWAT members and wounded four more. At least 21 militants were killed in an airstrike.

Five journalists were executed in Mosul, as were three women who worked at a beauty salon.

Two people were killed and nine were wounded in Sabaa al-Bour.

In al-Baghdadi, a car bomb killed three fishermen and wounded three more.

A bomb at a Madaen market left two shoppers dead and five wounded.

In Yusufiya, a roadside bomb killed a policeman and wounded five more.

A roadside bomb in Bani Weis wounded four soldiers.

At Mount Sinjar, 51 Yazidis arrived after escaping their militant captors.

A Coalition airstrike in Qayara left 20 militants dead and three wounded.

In Fadhiliya, security forces killed 12 militants.

An airstrike killed seven militants in Duluiya.

A mufti and an aide were killed during an airstrike in Saidiya.

A militant was killed during a failed attack on a checkpoint in Bezaiz Sherwin.

A coalition airstrike near Riyadh destroyed an seven-vehicle ISIS/DAASH convoy.

In Amiriyat al-Falluja, security forces inflicted heavy losses during an operation to free a bridge.

Dozens of militants were killed during operations near the Haditha Dam.

Security forces liberated a cement plant in Kubaisa and killed dozens of militants.

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Author: Margaret Griffis

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