Yazidis Flee Iraq; 110 Killed across Country

Updated at 12:03 a.m., EDT, June 26, 2015

M.P. Vian Dakhil warned that thousands of Yazidis are leaving Iraq every month to live in Western countries. Dakhil, who is also Yazidi, said they are forced to leave due to delays in liberating their homes in northern Iraq. Other members of the minatory group have chosen to take up arms against the Islamic State militants instead.

Militants blew up the Sheikh Ahmed Bin Said al-Kharazy shrine in northern Nineveh province.

Security forces claim to have retaken Baiji and are approaching the refinery.

At least 110 were killed and 83 more were wounded:

Three suicide bombers were killed in the Fat’ha area near Baiji. Clashes left six security forces dead and 11 wounded.

In Falluja, ten people were killed and 23 were wounded in airstrikes. The Anbar Provincial Council has asked the military to stop bombing Falluja. Five militants were killed.

A suicide bomber killed two soldiers and wounded eight more in Nukhaib.

A blast in Baghdad left five wounded at a garage on Palestine Street. A civilian was shot dead.

In Tuz Khormato, a civilian was shot dead. A Turkmen militiaman was found dead.

A civilian was executed in Qaim.

Airstrikes in Albu Alwan and Albu Shagel left 24 militants dead and 36 wounded.

In Husayba, 30 militants were killed.

Airstrikes in Bartilla left 17 militants dead.

Peshmerga forces killed five militants in Nouran.

Three militants killed themselves accidentally while handling explosives in Mtabijh.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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