Although the United States has spent $1.6 billion in U.S. arms and training, the Iraqi army is still problematic, full of corruption and mismanagement. Nevertheless, combined security and Coalition forces have taken back considerable territory.
At least 48 were killed and three more were wounded:
In Fallujah, militants gunned down 30 civilians, mostly women and children who were trying to flee the city.
A roadside bomb in Albu Musa killed one militiaman and wounded three more.
Nine militants were killed during an operation in Saridiya.
Airstrikes near Makhmour killed eight militants.
Several militants were killed or wounded in Rabeaa. The leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly among them, but this has not been confirmed.