The return of civilians to the city of Tikrit and Salah ad Din province has been hampered by fears that Shi’ite militiamen will exact revenge on Sunnis, but that is not their only problem. Residents must also contend with tribal feuds as well a booby-trapped homes and lack of services. In many cases, many will be unable to return home.
The Netherlands has extended its mission, which is now scheduled to end in October of 2016.
Islamic State militants have reduced the amount of water reaching Babel, Karbala, Najaf, and Qadisiya through the Euphrates River.
At least 35 were killed across Iraq.
Militants executed three army officers in Hit.
Twelve militants were killed during an operation in Tarmiya.
Security forces killed 20 militants in Saniya.
Dozens of militants were killed in airstrikes southeast of Mosul.