A physical trench cut into the earth south of Baghdad is, ostensibly, to prevent Islamic State militants from reaching the holy city of Karbala. However, Sunni leaders believe the trench serves another purpose, which is to prevent the former Sunni residents from returning to the fertile farmland they called home before the militants invaded Iraq.
At least 194 people were killed, mostly militants, and another five were wounded.
Gunmen killed a mokhtar near Muqdadiya.
Three people were kidnapped in Diyala province.
In Samarra, security forces killed 70 militants.
Security forces killed 26 militants, including a prominent leader, near the Adhaim Dam.
An airstrike in Sinjar killed 22 militants.
Fifteen militants were killed in Albu Said.
In Tikrit, five militants were killed.
Two militants were killed while trying to plant a bomb in Tuz.
An unidentified sniper killed two militants in Falluja.