89 Killed in Iraq as Shi’ites and Sunnis Trade Complaints

The mayor of Tuz Khormato, Shalal Abdul Ahmed, is alleging that Shi’ite militiamen are kidnapping Sunnis and executing them. He has requested that Kurdish Peshmerga forces be stationed within the town.

Shi’ite militiamen and Shi’ite political groups condemned the Peshmerga-led military operation that left a U.S. servicemember dead in Hawija. They claim that such operations hurt the integrity of Iraq, because the federal government was not informed prior to the mission. Both the Kurdish and U.S. government deny that Baghdad was uninformed.

At least 89 were killed in fresh violence, and 59 more were wounded:

A suicide bomber in Abu Aitha killed 15 servicemembers and wounded 27 more.

A second suicide bomber killed 10 servicemembers and wounded seven more in Albu Aziz.

Two servicemembers were killed and nine were wounded in a suicide blast in Tarmiya.

In Baghdad, a bomb killed one person and wounded five more in Iskan. A blast in Zaafaraniya killed one person and wounded nine others.

Three militiamen were wounded in a blast in Latifiya.

In Khalidiya, 30 militants were killed.

Twelve militants were killed in Falluja.

Nine militants were killed in Kubeisa.

In Baiji, five militants were killed.

Security forces in Husseiniya killed a suicide bomber who was targeting pilgrims.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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