Updated at 12:04 p.m. EST, January 10, 2015
At least 321 were killed and 108 were wounded in the latest violence. Many of the dead were killed in airstrikes. Battles rages in Samarra where most of the injuries occurred. Several bombing were reported in the Baghdad region. Meanwhile, U.S. trainers in Iraq are trying to teach Iraq recruits “the will to fight” against Islamic State militants.
Islamic State militants attempted to invade Samarra, home of the al-Askari shrine, on Thursday. At least five suicide attacks, that left eight dead and 25 servicemembers wounded, were carried out on a highway west of the city. At least one of the dead was a civilian. Mortar strikes followed the bombers, but security forces, including air forces, were able to repel the militants. At least 41 civilians were wounded. Later, clashes left 31 volunteer fighters and 40 militants dead.
Seventeen Sahwa members were executed in Falluja.
Five civilians were killed and four were wounded during a mortar attack in al-Shakha.
In Amara, a man was killed and his brother was wounded in a shooting.
A dumped body was found in Baghdad.
A bomb at a camp for displaced persons in Anbar wounded the mayor of Khalidiya.
In al-Jabba, 42 militants were killed.
Airstrikes in Baiji left 40 militants dead.
Peshmerga forces killed 21 militants in al-A’iyadiya.
An airstrike in Nibaie killed 21 militants.
In Hawija, 20 militants were killed.
Fifteen militants were killed in Jazira.
Airstrikes killed 10 militants and wounded eight more in Mosul.
Security forces killed eight militants, including an emir, in Sinjar.
Four militants were killed during an airstrike in Asiriya.
Three militants were killed by friendly fire in Muqdadiya.