170 Killed, 158 Wounded in Iraq; Bombers Target Sahwa Gathering

U.S. officials are preparing for the eventual surge in private security contractors working in Iraq alongside U.S. government personnel. The increase will likely cause controversy as private soldiers have instigated a number of deadly confrontations in the past.

Hundreds of Yazidis are missing from Hardan in northern Iraq. Relatives and neighbors fear that many of them may now be resting in four potential mass graves that have been found. Bodies have already been recovered, but the rest must remain buried until the region is secured.

Two mass graves were found in Saidiya, eastern Iraq.

An estimated 800 people are stricken with cancer every year due to radioactive war remnants polluting Dhi Qar province.

At least 170 were killed and 158 were wounded.

A suicide bomber in Madaen killed 43 people, mostly Sahwa members, and wounded 61 more as they waited in line to receive their salaries. The attacker was wearing a military uniform.

Violent clashes in Duluiya left nine security members dead and 35 wounded.

A bomb at a souk in Yusufiya left four dead and seven wounded. A car bomb yesterday killed one and wounded five.

One Peshmerga was killed and 25 were wounded in fighting near Gwer. At least one suicide bomber was killed.

The siege of al-Baghdadi continues, having already left four children dead. Militants are now reportedly lobbing chorine-filled canisters at the town.

In Kirkuk, gunmen killed the head of the anti-terrorism unit. Nearby Coalition strikes killed or wounded many militants.

In Baghdad, a body was found.

A bomb in Baquba wounded two Peshmerga.

In Mosul, a hospital reported receiving 46 dead and 23 wounded from clashes elsewhere in Nineva province.

Security forces in Yathrib and Mutassim killed 27 militants.

In al-Gelam and Aziz Balad, 25 militants were killed.

Three militants killed themselves accidentally when the bomb they were handling blew up in Arab Jabour.

Airstrikes in Badush killed the local militant leader and two brothers.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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