175 Killed Across Iraq As More Displaced Families Flee Fighting

Canadian troops exchanged fire with Islamic State militants recently. The exact date and location were not disclosed. Meanwhile, at least 175 people were killed and 44 were wounded.

Canada revealed that its Special Forces troops in Iraq returned fire during an Islamic State attack near the front lines last week. The exact location was not given, but the troops were sent to advise Kurdish forces, so it is likely that the attack took place somewhere in northern Iraq. No casualties were reported on the Canadian side, and the return fire ended the mortar and machine-gun fire that triggered it. Prior to the attack, the Canadians had approached the front line to visualize a possible assault against the militants in the near future.

Hundreds of displaced families have entered Kirkuk in the last few days, adding to the tens of thousands of refugees already there.

A series of bombs in Hajaj killed seven volunteer fighters and wounded 12 more.

In Ramadi, six Sahwa members were killed in a mortar attack. Security forces killed 15 militants and wounded five more. A suicide bomber was killed before he reached his target.

Four security members were killed and seven were wounded in clashes in Yathrib.

A car bomb in Mahmoudiya killed two people and wounded nine more.

Mortars killed two people, including a boy, and wounded five more in Amiriyat al-Falluja.

The body of a public education official was found charred and hanging form a tree in the village of Rose near Muqdadiya.

In Mosul, militants kidnapped 25 Kurds. An imam was executed.

A civilian was gunned down in Taji.

In Baghdad, an unidentified body was found. Also, 19 militants were killed.

Near Haditha, about 60 militants were killed during operations that included airstrikes in the al-Alous and Albu Hayat areas.

Twenty militants were killed and six were wounded during airstrikes in the village of al-Sada.

Fourteen militants were killed near Tikrit.

An airstrike in Baaj killed 13 militants.

Five militants were killed in separate incidents near Baquba.

In Muqdadiya, a bomb expert and three aides were killed.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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