131 Killed in Iraq As General Dempsey Makes Surprise Visit

Militants fled the Baiji refinery on Saturday, ahead of approaching Iraqi forces. At least 131 people were killed and 29 were wounded.

U.S. General Martin Dempsey, on an unannounced visit to Baghdad, congratulated troops on turning the tide in the battle with the Islamic State militants. He also took a side trip to Arbil to meet with Kurdish leaders.

The governor of Salah ad Din province says that military forces have reached the refinery near Baiji. Not only could this mean a resumption of oil production, but it also cuts off supply routes for ISIS/DAASH. Militants had already been retreating and carrying off the "many wounded" from the refinery.

"Jihadi John," the militant believed to have beheaded four Western hostages is reported to have been wounded in an airstrike in Qaim last week.

Iraq and the U.S. forces are finding that some potential Sunni allies have been lost due to completely practical concerns.

Militants executed 38 truck drivers they captured between Haditha and Baiji.

In Taji, four people were killed and 21 were wounded at a Hamamiyat market.

Shelling in Falluja killed two and wounded five.

Two civilians were shot to death in Jalawla.

Clashes took place in Ramadi.

Peshmerga forces killed about 40 militants during clashes in Tal Kief.

At least 20 militants were killed in French airstrikes near Kirkuk.

An airstrike near the Mosul Dam left eight militants dead and four wounded.

Peshmerga forces killed five militants and wounded four more in al-Ozariya village.

Six militants were killed in an airstrike in Shirqat.

Three militants were killed in an airstrike in Saidiya. Heavy artillery left dozens dead or wounded.

A doctor and his wife were killed when a militant hospital was shelled in Majarin.

In Mansouriya, a sniper was killed.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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