ISIS Captures City; 482 Killed Across Iraq

The strategic city of Rutba near the Syrian and Jordan was captured by Islamic State forces. The attack has forced Jordan’s army to be on high alert.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi rejected claims that Turkey is involved in the Mosul operation. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu earlier on Monday said that Turkish artillery fire had killed 17 militants in Bashiqa and Turkish jets were ready to fly on command. The Kurds are denying they asked for the help in the Bashiqa operations. Iran is now calling Turkish involvement unacceptable so long as Iraq does not want it.

Security forces have rescued at least 70 Yazidi women and children during operations in Iraq and Syria in the last week.

At least 482 people were killed and 116 were wounded:

Militants executed 40 entire families in Shura. The families were kidnapped from Houd and Lazzaga. Security forces killed five militants.

In Baghdad, 11 people were killed and 35 were wounded in a series of bombings.

A bomb south of Mosul killed six people and wounded 10 more who were trying to flee Daesh territory.

Two Peshmerga were wounded in an attacks against Sinjar; fifteen militants were killed.

In Kirkuk, the number of civilians and security personnel killed in the recent Daesh attack has risen by 65 dead to a total of 99 killed. More than 200 security personnel were injured, which is 69 more than previously reported. The number of militants killed in the assault was adjusted to 74 killed. That number is higher than previous figures by 26 deaths. A suicide bomber killed himself on Monday.

The Iraqi army reports that 770 militants have been killed. That figure is up by 297 deaths from two days ago.

Sixteen militants were killed in clashes in Rutba.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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