Turkish forces launched a second wave of airstrikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) targets in northern Iraq on Sunday, after P.K.K. militants attacked and killed soldiers in Turkey. The peace process between them appears to have ended.
Residents are being allowed to return to the cities of Jalawla and Saidiya. Although they were liberated months ago, fighting between Shi’ite militiamen and Kurdish Peshmerga kept the towns uninhabitable. The fighters were trying to enforce territorial claims made by both the central and Kurdish governments.
At least 113 were killed and seven were wounded:
In Baiji, eight security personnel were killed and three were wounded when a booby-trapped building exploded. Troops killed 25 militants in several neighborhoods.
A roadside bomb near Qara Tapa left one Peshmerga fighter dead and two wounded.
Militants flogged a woman in Falluja. This caused a protest that ended when militants arrested 40 individuals.
In Hawija, militants executed two civilians charged with practicing witchcraft.
Fifteen militants were killed in al-Baghdadi.
Twelve militants were killed near Speicher Base.
In Husayba, 10 militants were killed.
Security forces in the Hamrin Mountains killed five militants.
Near Karbala, three militants were killed.
Tribal fighters killed three militants in Kubeisa.
Two militants and a woman were injured in an internal dispute among militants in Shirqat.
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