Heavy Clashes and Bombings Leave 97 Dead, 127 Wounded in Iraq

As militants are destroying ancient treasures in Mosul, the Iraqi government reopened the Baghdad Museum 12 years after it was looted and closed.

At least 97 people were killed and 127 more were wounded.

The Islamic State militants staged a multi-faceted attack on Samarra where pro-Iraqi forces are gathering ahead of an operation to recover the city of Tikrit and other areas along the Tigris River. At least 16 security personnel and 11 militants were killed as well as three suicide bombers. Shelling and clashes have subsided. The bombings left 41 militiamen wounded.

A double bombing in Balad Ruz left 15 dead, including a judge, and wounded 53 more.

In Baghdad, three people were killed and eight were wounded by a bomb in Abu Dsheer. Another bomb killed four people. Mortars wounded three in Doura.

Militants shelled al-Baghdadi, leaving five civilians dead and six wounded. Eleven militants were killed during an operation.

Shelling in Sabaa al-Bour left three dead and six wounded.

A roadside bomb killed three civilians in Muqdadiya.

Two militiamen were gunned down in Ishaqi.

Shelling by the Iraqi army left one civilian dead and five wounded in Shamiya.

A roadside bomb in al-Ghalbiyah killed a policeman and wounded three others.

In Khalis, a gunman was captured by civilians after he killed a shop owner.

Militants in Hawija arrested 21 children, as old as 12 years of age, for not participating in prayers.

Fourteen militants were killed in Garma or Falluja.

The Iraqi army shelled Tikrit, killing four militants and wounding two more.

Several militants were killed during an attack on the border with Saudi Arabia.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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