Suicide Bomber Strikes in Kurdistan; 114 Killed Across Iraq

A rare bombing took place in the Kurdistan capital of Arbil today. Islamic State militants are suspected to be behind it. At least 114 people were killed there and elsewhere. Another 53 were wounded.

Kurdish President Massoud Barzani warned Western countries that they have not provided enough weaponry to defeat the Islamic State militants. The U.S. government has promised more support.

A former Islamic State of Iraq militant, who is now a jailbird and informer, freely talks about the militants in exchange for perks like visiting with his family.

France reported bombing locations at the front line near Kirkuk. Canada also participated in these strikes.

Sixteen civilians were killed in airstrikes in Shura and Qayara.

A Qaragholi tribal leader said Shi’ite militias, not militants, killed 15 tribe members, kidnapped 50 more, and burned down over 400 homes.

Twelve dumped bodies were found in Tikrit. Nine militants were killed when a refinery blew up. Airstrikes killed four militants. Tribal fighters killed another six.

A female suicide bomber in Arbil left six dead and at least 28 wounded near a provincial government building.

In Baghdad, gunmen killed a civilian. A body was found. A bomb killed one person and wounded seven more in Mashtal.

Mortar fire in al-Baghdadi left three security members dead.

Gunmen killed an army captain in Muqdadiya.

A car bomb wounded seven people in Qadisiya.

In Mosul, four girls were injured during repeated sexual assaults at the hands of militants and were sent to a hospital for treatment. A roadside bomb wounded four civilians. An airstrike killed the militant governor and three other officials. Peshmerga forces reported killing many militants outside out of town.

Mortars wounded three policemen in Fadhiliya.

Security forces killed four militants in al-Sid.

Dozens of militants were killed or wounded in Jalawla and Saidiya, where Peshmerga forces have a launched a major operation. At least 30 were killed in Saidiya.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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