U.S. General Martin Dempsey called on Iraq to ensure that Coalition aid is used effectively. He specifically wants additional reforms to military leadership posts, increased recruitment, and better pay systems. He expressed concerns about the government’s weak attempts to bring in more Sunnis. Dempsey also said the U.S. will consider protecting Iraq’s vulnerable antiquities.
The Kurdish government reported that it has supplied 97 percent of the crude oil it was required to under an agreement with Baghdad. However, Baghdad reduced its payments due to budgetary concerns and shortfalls in crude oil allotments that the Kurds blamed on technical issues in Kirkuk and Turkey.
At least 211 were killed and 53 were wounded.
Militants executed 20 men in Hawija, as many as eight of these victims were previously reported. Unfortunately, an operation to liberate Hawija did not come in time for these men. Many militants were reported dead in those clashes.
Peshmerga troops spread out from Kirkuk to attack militant positions to the south and west of the city, in the direction of Tikrit. The operation’s objective is to reduce the threat to the city. Five Peshmerga were killed and 35 more were wounded several car bombings. Over 100 militants were killed and many more were wounded.
A landmine in Dour killed two Peshmerga and wounded four more.
A suicide bomber in al-Anaz left three Sahwa dead and eight wounded.
In Baghdad, gunmen killed a civilian.
A civilian was gunned down in Muqdadiya.
Security forces in Na’ma killed 37 militants.
An airstrike killed a dozen militants in Tal Kief.
An airstrike at an explosives factory near Falluja killed six militants.
A militant killed himself accidentally while planting a bomb in Abu Saida.
In Alam, an airstrike killed a wali.
Dozens of militants were killed during the liberation of Garma and Rashad.
Read more by Margaret Griffis
- Truffle Hunters Executed; 17 Killed in Iraq – February 19th, 2019
- Fresh Dangers for Truffle Hunters; 12 Killed in Iraq – February 18th, 2019
- Attack at Military Base Near Kirkuk; 11 Killed in Iraq – February 17th, 2019
- Elderly Shrine Tender Among Eight Killed in Iraq – February 16th, 2019
- More Truffle Gatherers Kidnapped; Four Killed in Iraq – February 15th, 2019