120 Killed in Iraq as Baghdad’s Attention Turns Towards Mosul

Pentagon officials warned that the Iraqi government’s hold on Ramadi is tenuous and faces pockets of heavy resistance. Towns to the north and east of the city and some of the suburbs remain in Islamic State hands, but security forces did continue to clear areas adjacent to Ramadi on Monday. The long process of removing booby-traps has already begun as well. The provincial council estimates that 75 percent of the city is free of militants.

At least 120 were killed and 33 were wounded:

Five Turkish soldiers were wounded during a rocket attack on their camp in Ba’Shiqah. These would be among the troops Baghdad has ordered Turkey to withdraw; however, Turkey has stubbornly refused to comply with Iraq’s wishes.

In Mosul, three women were executed using a spiked weapon known as a “biter.” Airstrikes killed 12 civilians and wounded 11 in the greater Mosul region. Thirteen young militants were also killed.

Two suicide bombers killed nine Peshmerga and wounded five more in Sinjar.

Militants killed three security personnel and wounded four more in Muqdadiya.

A bomb in Mahmoudiya killed two people and wounded eight more.

Gunmen killed a Peshmerga member in Tuz.

In Falluja, at least 23 militants were killed.

Twenty militants were killed during airstrikes on Kasarat.

Twelve militants were killed in Kazakh.

In Tal Keif, shelling killed 11 militants.

Airstrikes killed five militants in Hit.

A drone strike in northern Nineveh province killed four militants.

In Baghdad, two militants were killed and one was wounded.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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