53 Killed in Iraq; Security Forces Draw Closer to Jordanian Border

Security forces captured more territory on the international highway west of Rutba. They have reached at least as far as Camp Korean Village, which is a former U.S. base. The eventual goal is to control the entire highway to the Jordanian and Syrian borders.

Security forces say they will try to recover Falluja next. However, this may include Shi’ite militias, which are not welcome in the city.

In International Money Fund (I.M.F.) announced it will lend $5.4 billion to Iraq over the next three years. There are several important conditions attached to the loan, such as promising to fight corruption.

Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command, arrived unannounced in Baghdad as part of a Middle East tour.

Troops have cut off a supply line near Qaim and the Syrian border.

At least 53 people were killed and 24 were wounded:

Three people were killed and 10 were wounded in a bombing in a Taji industrial district.

In Baghdad, three soldiers were wounded by a blast in Arab Jabour.

Two people were killed and eight were wounded in Mahmoudiya when a bomb exploded near shops.

A bomb killed one soldier and wounded another near al-Aali.

Eighteen militants were killed during airstrikes on Tal Keif.

Strikes on Falluja left dozens of militants dead. Thirteen of them were killed when a factory was bombed.

Security forces killed seven militants in Barwana.

In Bashiqa, a strike killed four militants.

Peshmerga forces killed three militants and wounded two more in Kazak.

A strike on Khalidiya killed two militants.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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