131 Killed in Iraq as Fighting Continues in Ramadi

The battle for Ramadi continued on Wednesday, with troops attempting to control the Houz district. Baghdad sent reinforcements, including Sunni tribal fighters, to support troops already battling the Islamic State militants. Although progress is said to be slow, it has progressed far enough to allow about 200 civilians to cross battle lines and reach safety. Officials say most of the evacuees are children and elderly. From there, the evacuees were taken to Habbaniya army base where they will be processed to make sure no militants are among them.

At least 131 were killed, and 78 were wounded across Iraq:

In Ramadi, a family of four was executed as they tried to make their escape, according to an Anbar council official. In the Albu Diab district, a suicide truck bomber killed 16 security members and wounded 12 more, while at least 30 militants were killed in airstrikes.

In Khalis, a car bomb left outside a bus station killed three people and wounded 10 more. A second car bomb killed four and wounded eight at a market.

In Baghdad, two people were killed and nine were wounded by a blast in Nahrawan. In Rashidiya, a blast left one dead and eight wounded. At least three more bombs killed five people and wounded 18 more.

In Mosul, 17 people were executed for using the Internet. Four teachers were also executed. A militant health minister was killed in an airstrike. Airstrikes killed 13 militants and wounded three more.

Seven Peshmerga were killed and two were wounded during a mortar attack on Tel Reem.

Three police officers were executed at Badush prison.

A sniper in Amiriyat al-Falluja killed a brigade leader. Six militants were also killed.

Airstrikes on Hawija killed dozens of militants, including eight commanders.

Five militants were killed, and several more were wounded during airstrikes on Dibs.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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