168 Killed in Iraq, as Militants Target Deserters

At least 168 were killed and 59 more were wounded:

In Baghdad, a car bomb killed seven people and wounded 18 others in one of two attacks in Zaafaraniya. In the second attack, a sticky bomb killed two militiamen. A blast in Bayaa killed three people and wounded nine more. A bomb killed two people at a Furat souk. Three policemen were wounded during a clash with Shi’ite militiamen who had stormed a partially built building in Zayouna. Gunmen killed a civilian.

A suicide bomber in Haiyakil killed seven security members and wounded nine more.

Fighting in Samarra left three militiamen dead and seven wounded.

Two people were killed and 11 were wounded in a blast near a café in Madaen.

In Zour, militants killed three militiamen.

A bomb killed a soldier and wounded two more in Imam Weis.

Security forces said they killed 97 militants in Falluja.

 Near Garma, an airstrike killed 10 militants. Fourteen militants were killed in clashes.

Seven militants were killed in Saqlawiya.

In Mtabijh, security members killed a militant emir and two bodyguards. The bodies of five militants were found. They may have been executed for some failure during the battle for the town. Forty others may have been arrested for desertion. The town, which is on the border between Diyala and Salah ad Din provinces, is believed to have been home to the last ISIS/DAASH base in Diyala province.

A number of militants were killed during an airstrike in Dijla.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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