Two Sunni leaders complained they are being pushed out of the political system despite claims by the government that it is trying to bring Sunnis into power. Rafe al-Essawi, a former deputy prime minister, and Atheel al-Nujaifi, Nineveh’s governor, both spoke at the Brookings Institution on Monday. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was accused of being too weak to dismantle the corrupt administration that the former premier and current vice president, Nouri al-Maliki, left for him. However, he was not accused of sectarianism.
At least 55 people were killed or found dead:
Fifteen people were kidnapped in Balad Ruz.
In Baghdad, two militants were killed.
The Mosul Youth Resistance Movement claimed the death of a militant commander in Mosul.
In Garma, 15 militants were killed.
Ten militants were killed near Tal Afar.
Airstrikes in Falluja left several militants dead, including a car bomb expert.
In Baquba, four militants were killed.
Three militants were killed near Ramadi.
Fierce battles are taking place in Albu Tohma.