Heavy Fighting near Mosul; 136 Killed in Iraq

More than 260 families returned to Jalawla on Monday, after security forces finished clearing the heavily booby-trapped town of bombs. Hundreds more are expected later in the week.

Under apparent pressure from Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s sit-in, Parliament has given Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi until Thursday to present a new cabinet. The premier’s main problem, however, is resistance from other lawmakers who profit from the current corrupt system.

At least 154 were killed and 136 were wounded:

In Mosul, militants executed 15 civilians. Security forces killed five militants, including their leader.

Two civilians were killed and seven were wounded by a blast in Mahmoudiya.

In Baghdad, one person was killed and seven were wounded in a bombing. Gunmen wounded a policeman. A retired army officer killed two gunmen trying to storm his home.

A bomb in Taji wounded a civilian.

A source at a hospital in Qayara said that they had received about 80 militant dead and 120 wounded, so far, from clashes that are ongoing near the Makhmour front, which is not for from Qayara.

Security forces killed 25 militants in the Thar Thar region.

In Hit, 17 militants were killed during operations.

Four militants were killed in Baiji.

Three militants were killed in Shirqat.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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