18 Militants Killed in Iraq as Row with Turkey Continues

A Sunni militia is asking the Shi’ite-led government for help before operations against the Islamic State militants in Mosul begin. The group, 2,500 strong, is currently receiving training from illegally stationed Turkish troops at Bashiqa. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu warned Baghdad that the operation cannot rely on Shi’ite militiamen as it risks further sectarian tensions. In response, the Arab League asked Turkey to respect Iraq’s sovereignty and cease releasing statements that can only exacerbate the matter. Although security forces are ready for the operation, which will begin soon, the aftermath apparently is not well planned.
The U.S. State Department approved a proposed sale of Cessna AC-208 Combat Caravan Light Attack Aircraft to Iraq for $65.3 million.

At least 18 militants were killed:

In Tal Afar, an airstrike killed 14 militants.

A drone strike killed four militant leaders in Hawija.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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