On Wednesday, Baghdad requested U.S. airstrikes to help dislodge militants in Tikrit, and warplanes began flying those missions. The strikes coincided with the resumption of an operation to liberate Tikrit that stalled two weeks ago.
Shi’ite militias have been accused of kidnapping 125 people in Dour and not allowing refugees to return to their homes.
At least 117 were killed and 27 were wounded.
Four soldiers were killed and six were wounded in heavy clashes with militants in Garma. Six militants were killed, including a suicide bomber, and another three were wounded. At least 48 more militants were killed in fighting.
Several civilians were killed when mortars struck their apartment complex in Amiriyat al-Falluja.
In Anbar province, 25 militants were killed.
Fifteen militants were killed in Dujail.
In Qadisiya, four suicide bombers were killed.