Civilians Suffering at Displacement Camps; 122 Killed in Iraq

Sunni lawmakers say they will go to federal court to challenge a new law affirming the legal status of militias in Iraq. The concern is that it will reinforce sectarian rule in the country at a time when reconciliation is needed.

Iraqi forces say that Khadraa in Mosul is under their control. Residents there report burying people in public gardens and say they fear questioning from Iraqi forces.

Shi’ite militias report winning Baynouneh, Tal Abtan, Tal Samir, Northern Tal Samir, Um Nakhileh, and Lower Um al-Hajirat in the Tal Afar region. Closer to Mosul, they captured Maflakieh.

The United Nations has begun delivering winter assistance to displaced people in camps. The temperatures go below freezing in northern Iraq in winter, and the refugees have been complaining of the cold. The conditions in the camps force many in Mosul to shelter-in-place.

At least 122 were killed and 54 were wounded:

In Mosul, shelling left 28 dead and 50 wounded.

A bombing at a Mahmoudiya market left two dead and four wounded.

In Baghdad, a bomb killed an employee of the trade ministry.

Airstrikes left 86 militants dead near Mosul.

Security forces fired a rocket on the hills near Abu Seif and killed five militants.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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