134 Killed in Iraq as Fighting Resumes After Holiday

During an unannounced visit to Iraq on Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the United States will deploy 560 additional troops to Iraq, where they will defend the recently captured airbase at Qayara. The airbase is tactically important for the upcoming attempt to retake Mosul. The number of U.S. troops in Iraq will rise to 4,647 with the new deployment. Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan also traveled to Baghdad to meet with government officials.

Five new refugee camps were opened in Dohuk to deal with the expected flow of displaced people from Mosul. The United Nations believes that thousands of children could be left homeless when that assault begins.

At least 134 people were killed, and 26 were wounded:

Near Qayara, militants executed nine people belonging to two families who were trying to escape Daesh territory. Internecine fighting among militants left nine dead and 19 wounded. Airstrikes left 25 militants dead.

A sticky bomb left on a car in Nidaa killed one person and wounded two children.

Gunmen killed a policeman in Numaniya, but one of them was wounded in return fire.

A civilian was shot dead in Muqdadiya.

In Shuhada, gunmen wounded a mukhtar.

Forty militants were killed in an operation on Jamila.

Security forces in Albu Teban killed 35 militants.

Security forces killed eight militants in Shakariya.

In Hit, three militants were killed.

Two militants were killed and three were wounded during a strike on Brij.

Dozens of militants were killed when Peshmerga units fired artillery rounds at several villages in the Sinjar region.

Airstrikes killed dozens of militants in Alas and Fatha.

Hundreds of militants were reportedly killed in Albu Risha and Zankura.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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