ISIS Targets Kurdish Forces; 197 Killed Across Iraq

At least 197 people were killed and 41 were wounded.

Several attacks targeting Kurdish forces took place in northern and eastern Iraq. The attacks underscore the successes Kurdish forces have had, but those successes are in danger due to infighting between the different factions fighting against Islamic State militants.

Sheikh Ahmed Abu Risha was in Washington to ask for help in arming Sunni tribesmen. That help would not only assist in defeating the ISIS/DAASH militants but also protect Sunnis who are at the mercy of well-armed Shi’ite militiamen, as well as the militants themselves.

In Baghdad, at least 27 people were killed in a double bombing in Bab al-Sharqi, that left as many as 30 wounded. Mortars killed five people and wounded eight in a northwest area. A body was found.

Militants executed 22 security personnel in Tikrit. Security forces killed 26 militants.

In Dijla, 13 security members were killed in a booby-trapped house.

Seven Peshmerga members were killed in attacks in and around Kirkuk. The fighting also killed 45 militants. At least four suicide bombers were reported.

A suicide attack in Jalawla also killed at least seven Peshmerga fighters.

In Nukhaib, a suicide truck bomber killed a tribal leader and five others. Sheikh Lawrence Metab al-Hathal was the head of the Anizza tribe and a former tribal leader.

Six security members were killed in a suicide blast at a Samarra checkpoint. Clashes followed a later explosion.

Mortars killed four people, including a child, in Tikrit.

A Sahwa member was gunned down in Baquba.

Airstrikes in Haditha left 11 militants dead.

Eight militants were killed and three more were wounded in Falluja.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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