Fighting in Anbar Progresses Slowly; 79 Killed across Iraq

Coalition officials say they have seen evidence that the ranks of Islamic State militants are shrinking, but it is unclear if this will be a long-term trend.

Turkey again conducted airstrikes in Iraq, targeting suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) sites.

Troops are close to surrounding Ramadi and cutting off militant supply lines. This does not mean, however, that they are close to retaking the city. That task will be far more difficult than the current one.

U.S. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are calling on Washington to raise the number of troops in Iraq to 10,000 members and send an equal number to Syria.

Shi’ite militiamen have reportedly arrested a number of Kurdish civilians in Tuz Khormato following a suicide bombing there on Saturday, even though Daesh has claimed responsibility. Relations between Kurds and Shi’ite militiamen have been strained for weeks.

Thousands of children born to Syrian refugees in Iraq are basically stateless. Their parents are having difficulty obtaining proper Iraqi documents and cannot return to Syria to register their children there.

At least 79 were killed and 55 were wounded:

In Mudheij, clashes left three security members dead and six wounded; twelve militants were killed during the battle.

A bomb killed two people and wounded six more in Taji.

Two people were killed and five were wounded in a blast in Madaen.

Mortar strikes on Abu Ghraib wounded three students at a junior high school.

Sixteen militants were killed in Shirqat during airstrikes.

An airstrike in Albu Hayat left 13 militants dead.

Eight militants were killed and 15 were wounded during strikes on Falahat.

Security forces killed eight militants in Husayba.

Strikes left five militants dead and seven wounded in Hit.

Five militants were killed and seven were wounded by strikes on Makhmour.

In Falluja, an airstrike killed four militants and wounded six more.

In Baghdad, security forces killed a suicide bomber.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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