Shi’ite Cleric Threatens Turkish Troops as 81 are Killed across Iraq

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said the country would continue to use diplomatic means to push Turkish troops out of northern Iraq. Meanwhile, Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr threatened to “intervene” if the Turks do not withdraw.

At least 81 were killed and eight were wounded:

Near Shirqat, authorities uncovered a mass grave filled with militants.

Two policemen were killed during a rescue operation in the Himreen Mountains. Five people were rescued. Another five are still missing. Seven militants were killed in a separate operation.

A car bomb killed six Peshmerga and wounded five more in Aski Mosul.

In Aramel, operations left one policeman dead and three wounded. Eighteen militants were also killed.

A Coalition airstrike killed four faculty members in Mosul.

Twelve militants were killed in Hit.  

In Ramadi, 11 militants were killed in operations.

Security forces killed eight militants in Meshaq.

Four militants were killed in Krishan.

Four militants were killed in the Jubba area.

In Madhiq, two militants were killed.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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