258 Killed in Iraq; Cemetery Officials Say Casualty Counts Low

At least 258 were killed and 53 were wounded in recent fighting, but cemetery officials at the world’s largest cemetery say they are receiving the bodies of dozens of war victims on a daily basis. That would not include any militant dead.

Cemetery officials in Najaf say that 60 war dead have been arriving daily. It is unclear if that includes civilians. At least 127 soldiers have been recorded, but militiamen records are kept separately. One militia group, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, reports 26 of their militiamen died in Tikrit, so far.

Although residents have returned to the Tikrit suburb of Alam, few are returning to Albu Ajil where they believe they will suffer retribution from militiamen. Militiamen have laid the blame on civilians there for helping the Islamic State militants massacre soldiers from nearby Camp Speicher last summer. Thirteen beheaded bodies were discovered.

U.S. intelligence agencies say that Iran is supplying Iraq with high-powered weaponry.

Fifty Peshmerga were wounded and an indefinite number were killed during clashes in Tal Ward on an unspecified day during the past week.

Gunmen wounded a married couple in Imam.

The number of victims during shelling in Ramadi rose by four dead and one more wounded; 11 wounded had been reported earlier.

A blast in Mtabijh wounded three security members.

Fifty militants were killed in Albu Hayis.

In Tikrit, 38 militants were killed.

Airstrikes across Anbar left 38 militants dead.

Thirty militants were killed in the Hamrin Mountains.

In Garma, 24 militants were killed.

Fourteen militants were killed in Baiji.

Peshmerga forces killed about 10 militants near Bashiqa.

An airstrike in Ramadi killed seven militants. Dozens more were killed in Ramadi, including a female sniper.

Six militants were killed in Bashir.

In al-Dayyum, five militants were killed and 10 more were wounded.

One militant was killed in Sinjar.

Dozens of militants were killed in the Daquq region. At least 17 of them died in an airstrike.

In Dour al-Kahraba, militant bodies are strewn about the village.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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