Jailbreaks, Bombings, Executions Leave 159 Killed in Iraq

In Amiriyat al-Falluja, where fresh Sunni recruits where 1,000 Sunni recruits were inducted into a new militia on Friday, mistrust still reigns. As recently as last week, local security personnel were fighting Shi’ite militiamen who were purportedly trying to commandeer a copper mill in order to sell off whatever they could find there. A spokesman for the Kitaeb Hezbollah militia claimed that the incident was entirely for security precautions. However, the actions of the militias in post-conflict Tikrit suggest that there could be other reasons for the attempt.

At least 159 were killed and 45 were wounded:

As many as 12 policemen and 51 inmates were killed during a prison riot and massive escape in Khalis. There are conflicting reports as to whether the escape began on the inside or whether the prison was attacked. At least 14 policemen were wounded.

Militants released pictures showing the execution of 10 men.

In Baghdad, a car bomb killed seven people and wounded 20 more in the Karrada district. Gunmen injured a man outside a liquor store.

In Mosul, militants executed two men trying to leave the city. Airstrikes left 30 militants dead.

Two journalists were wounded in a stabbing attack in Hilla.

In Sununi, Peshmerga forces killed 27 militants.

Security forces killed 15 militants in Ramadi.

Five militants were killed and eight were wounded during strikes on Falluja.

Militants blew up a mosque in Badush.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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