Cholera Spreads in Iraq; 72 Killed in Battles

The number of cholera cases has now surpassed 800 cases. Cholera was first reported in the Abu Ghraib area, but it has since spread along the river system to several southern cities, including Basra. Authorities blame old infrastructure and low water levels for the epidemic. Overcrowded refugee camps have compounded the problem.

Iraq has reopened the Green Zone to the public for the first time in 12 years.

At least 72 were killed and 25 were wounded in the latest fighting:

Fifteen militants were killed and 20 more were wounded in airstrikes on Hawija.

Across Anbar at least 57 militants were killed and five more were wounded.

In Ramadi, security forces reported a large number of militant casualties after recovering territory that includes a large stadium.

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