A Glimpse into Casualties in Mosul; 165 Killed in Iraq

In Mosul, troops liberated the Tahrir district and advanced into Muharabeen and Ulama. Mualimeen and Oulama were also freed. Although authorities may declare an area captured, that does not preclude there being random militants still hiding in them.

The city of Nimrud and nearby Qara Shur and Kahariz were captured. Khedar al-Yas was as well.

Shi’ite militiamen are in control of a main highway (and main supply route) between Mosul and Raqqa, Syria.

Residents of Bashiqa and Bahzani returned again to the heavily damaged city to continue rebuilding efforts, which include replacing a large cross on St. George’s church. 

Although Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had promised that Shi’ite militia groups would not participate in the Mosul theater and instead liberate Hawija, the militiamen said they were going to go after Tal Afar instead. After that, the prime minister said that they would not enter Tal Afar itself. However, that promise may have been broken as well — or could be soon. Sunni Turkmen and Sunni Arabs have been demanding that a neutral force liberate them instead.

Shi’ite militias are accused of recruiting children from the Debaga displaced persons camp.

At least 165 people were killed and 230 were wounded:

Iraqi authorities have not been releasing casualty figures in the Mosul theater; however, it is being reported that 200 civilians and military personnel were brought into hospital last week. The highest since the operation began. Civilians made up about 20 percent of the injured, coming out to about 40 civilian and 160 military wounded.

Twelve security personnel were killed at two fake checkpoints in Shirqat. Three militants were killed.

In Kirkuk, militants executed eight people, including former security personnel.

Militants attacked the village of Imam Gharbi, which is just south of Mosul. Three policemen were killed, and four were wounded. Nine militants were also killed. The militants were unable to maintain control of the village after airstrikes were called in.

In Mosul, a suicide bomber wounded four troops in Tahrir. A truck bomb killed an entire civilian family and wounded several soldiers.

In Askari, clashes left five militiamen and five militants dead. The militiamen then deported the residents of one district in retaliation, which could be a war crime.

Three policemen and 40 militants were killed in clashes in Qayara.

A roadside bomb killed a child who was fleeing Daesh territory in Daquq.

Shi’ite militiamen are accused of beating at least two men of the 50 they detained illegally on Oct. 21 in Douizat al-Sufla. Several of the men have gone missing.

In Tal al-Sha’eir on Oct. 30, militiamen again illegally detained and then beat 20 residents who were later rescued by regular security forces.

Militiamen killed 12 militants in or near Tal Afar. Airstrikes killed another 28 militants. Airstrikes on Adhba killed 17 militants.

Fourteen militants were killed in a strike against Omar Khan.

A militant was killed in Lake Hamrin.

A roadside bomb in Mtabijh killed a militant media official.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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