Militias Return to Fighting; 142 Killed in Iraq

Iraqi leaders promised that Shi’ite militias would submit to government authority and accept U.S. involvement. The pledge comes a day after the militiamen said they would quit the war against the Islamic State militants over U.S. airstrikes in the Tikrit operation. Among the leaders was Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani who asked the militias to coordinate their efforts with government forces. Some of the militias may not have intended participating in the boycott at all.

At least 142 were killed and 33 were wounded.

Three policemen were killed and several militiamen were wounded in an apparent case of friendly fire during an airstrike near Tikrit. The U.S. military denied conducting a strike in the area. However, airstrikes did occur, and the Minister of Defense, Khalid al-Obaidi, led some of them, as did the French. Fifty militants were killed in airstrikes, while another 30 were wounded. Heavy militant losses were reported in clashes.

In Baghdad, uniformed gunmen stormed a prison and freed a detainee after beating several policemen.

Gunmen in Baquba killed an official with the Diyala provincial government.

Three civilians were wounded in a blast in Sabaa al-Bour.

Near Garma, 49 militants were killed.

Airstrikes killed 30 militants in Hit.

At least two suicide bombers were killed during an attack on government forces in al-Sid.

In Ramadi, a suicide bomber was killed. Five militants were killed in clash.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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