Mass Grave Found near Mosul; 219 Killed Across Iraq

To lessen any hostility from security forces, Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr recalled his Saraya Salam (Peace Brigades) from Baghdad and Sadr City streets. They were deployed as a precaution after yesterday’s attacks.

Coalition spokesperson Colonel Steve Warren urged the Iraqi government to maintain troops where they are already deployed instead of relocating them to protect the capital. The Islamic State militants may be focusing their efforts on Baghdad to take pressure off them at the front lines. He believes it is more important to expel Daesh militants from Iraq.

Several guerrillas were killed in Turkish airstrikes on suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) targets in northern Iraq.

At least 219 people were killed and 28 were wounded:

In Mosul, militants executed 25 people using nitric acid. Militants kidnapped 35 women for jihad marriages. An airstrike killed 15 militants at a bank.

A booby-trapped house in Latifiya exploded, killing nine soldiers and wounding nine more. A roadside bomb killed an army officer and wounded three soldiers.

A family of five died of dehydration while attempting to escape Daesh territory in Hawija.

In Baghdad, two policemen were killed and three were wounded in a blast. Another bombing left one dead and nine wounded.

A bomb in Yusufiya killed one militiaman and wounding five more.

In Muqdadiya, an elderly man was shot dead.

A militant mass grave or cemetery containing 99 bodies was found in Baaj.

Fifteen militants were killed in a strike on Bashiqa.

The army shelled Awsaja and Qayara, killing 14 militants.

Peshmerga forces killed 10 militants in Kesk.

Strikes killed seven militants in Tiskhrab.

In Falluja, a strike killed five militants. Security forces killed three snipers.

A strike on Tal Azab killed three militants, including a senior leader.

The United States reported killing three militants, including two high value targets.

Dozens of militants were killed during the liberation of villages within the Rutba district.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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