Despite many assurances to the contrary from U.S. leaders, U.S. troops are already “in combat” in Iraq, according to U.S. spokesperson Col. Steve Warren.
At least 64 were killed and 25 were wounded, but the numbers could be much higher if reports over the capture of dozens of Peshmerga are true.
There are unofficial reports concerning about 30 to 40 Peshmerga who were captured by militants near Mala Abdulluh. If true, most of the troops were wounded before capture, and some were already executed.
In Mosul, 17 people were tortured to death, including civilians.
In Thar Thar, clashes left six security members dead.
One civilian was killed and seven more were wounded by a blast in Taji.
In Baghdad, a bomb killed one civilian and wounded six more.
One security member was killed and three were wounded in a blast in Abu Ghraib.
The body of the director of the blood bank at Sadr General Hospital was discovered with knife wounds in Sadr City.
A dumped body was discovered in Madaen.
A mortar attack on Speicher Base left three policemen with injuries.
Airstrikes killed 14 militants in Fallujah.
In Tel al-Dhahab, a strike killed two militant leaders and wounded an aide.