Turkey Escalates Airstrikes; 175 Killed across Iraq

Turkey escalated its operations against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerillas camped in northern Iraq. Baghdad condemned the airstrikes as an assault on the country’s sovereignty.

Analysts are questioning Baghdad’s partial and apparently indifferent acceptance of U.S. military equipment.

At least 175 were killed and 88 were wounded:

An attack involving two suicide bombers left at least 17 security personnel dead and 25 wounded at Anbar University in Ramadi. Clashes followed the explosions. A clash southwest of Ramadi left one soldier dead and eight wounded. Fourteen militants were also killed and at least eight were wounded.

Nine troops were killed and 15 were wounded when a suicide bomber in a Humvee attacked them near Falluja.

In Rutba, Coalition airstrikes killed four people and wounded seven more.

A bomb in Mkesheifa wounded three patrolmen.

Iraqi artillery fire in Qaim left 40 militants dead.

Security forces killed 23 militants in Husayba.

In Albu Jwari, 20 militants were killed in clashes.

Eleven militants were killed in Garma.

Airstrikes killed 11 militants in Sultan Abdullah.

In Tal Albu Jared, 10 militants were killed.

In Hawija, airstrikes killed seven militants, including a leader, and wounded 22 more.

A bomb killed five militants in Mosul.

Militants killed three of their own in Nineveh province on charges of theft.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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