154 Killed in Iraq as Turkey Resumes Bombing PKK Bases

Turkish warplanes have apparently taken aim at Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) border camps in Dohuk province. The number of casualties or whether the jets crossed into Iraqi airspace is unclear. The strikes were reported after Turkey launched its first strikes against the Islamic State militants in Syria. Tensions between the militant group and Ankara have deteriorated in recent days. The two sides had been seeking a peace treaty.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Kurdish officials on Friday. He said the U.S. military could defeat the Islamic State militants, but that would only provide a temporary solution to Iraq’s complex problems. However, he did offer more support if government forces perform better than they have.

At least 154 were killed and 54 were wounded:

In Falluja, 22 soldiers and 19 civilian collaborators were executed. Eleven militants were killed.

A suicide attack in the Thar Thar Lake region left 21 security personnel dead and 24 wounded.

Ten residents were killed and 22 were wounded when militants launched missiles at Iski, near Mosul.

A car bomb in Qayara killed 26 militants and wounded eight others.

Near the Baiji refinery, 21 militants were killed in an airstrike.

Security forces killed 10 militants near Saqlawiya.

At least 14 militants were killed in Ramadi.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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