Kurds and Shi’ites Unite to Fight; 98 Killed across Iraq

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi forcibly retired Iraqi army chief Babaker Zebari. Zebari, who is Kurdish, had been chief since 2003.

The Pentagon reported that, as of June 18, the cost of fighting the Islamic State militants was $2.91 billion.

Kurdish Peshmerga and Shi’ite militia forces have agreed to form a joint force in Diyala province. The two groups had been rivals for control of security in the province and even fought each other.

At least 98 were killed and 11 were wounded:

Two roadside bombs near Samarra killed seven security personnel and wounded three more.

In Kirkuk, a grenade thrown at the home of an army officer wounded him, two civilians, and two policemen when they tried to dispose of it. Separately, security forces killed a suicide bomber.

A pair of bombs wounded four civilians in Madaen.

Security forces killed four militants in the Alas and Ajil oil fields region. One of the dead is said to be an assistant to the head of ISIS/DAASH, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Bodies littering Baiji can be seen in a video released by Shi’ite militiamen.

Thirty militants were killed in Qaim.

Airstrikes in Badush left 21 militants dead.

In Ramadi, 16 militants were killed.

Security forces killed 13 militants in Garma.

In Samarra, an airstrike killed six militants.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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