79 Killed in Iraq as Baghdad Continues Bickering with Ankara

Unsatisfied with the partial withdrawal of Turkish troops from Ba’shiqah, Baghdad demanded that Turkey transfer all the troops back to the international border. Some or all of the troops had been redeployed within Kurdistan. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu criticized Baghdad by pointing out that Turkey would not require troops in Iraq if Iraqi forces had protected Mosul and the border region.

France used long-range cruise missiles in a strike on a militant compound near the Syria border.

After an absence of 25 years, Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad.

At least 79 were killed and 20 were wounded:

Fifteen suicide bombers were killed as they attempted to reach Husayba. Two policemen were killed and six were wounded in the attack.

In Mosul, militants executed 12 people. An airstrike on killed four militants.

A mortar attack on Makhmour killed eight Peshmerga.

In Baghdad, a blast killed two people and wounded five near shops in Jisr Diyala. A blast in Amin killed one person and wounded seven more.

In Kirkuk, an oil official and an employee were shot dead; two more employees were wounded.

In Abu Sagiya, ten militants were killed.

Ten militants were killed during an airstrike near Ba’shiqah.

Airstrike killed seven militants in Ayadiya.

Security forces in Sejar killed five militants, including a well-known sniper.

In Alam, security forces killed a militant.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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