Army Opens New Front near Hawija; 138 Killed in Iraq

The Iraqi Army supported by Sunni militiamen has opened a new front in the Hawija Plains near Hawija. Refugees have been streaming out of towns and villages in the region for weeks, and it was thought that security forces were going to recapture the area ahead of Mosul. As part of the operations, security forces liberated Shayal al-Abli and Shayal al-Imam near Shirqat.

A water pipeline in Mosul was broken in the fighting, cutting water supplies off for 650,000 residents. Water trucks are being sent, but this will not cover the needs of so many.

Residents of 60 villages in Dohuk province were displaced by Turkish military activities against Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) targets.

At least 138 were killed and two were wounded:

In Mosul, militants executed 27 people. Another 12 people were executed on November 11 for not allowing militants to install missile launchers on their roofs. A sniper killed a seven-year-old on November 22. Strikes killed 49 militants.

Eight people were killed and two were wounded in an airstrike on a clinic in Hammam al-Alil in October.

Eighteen militants were killed in strikes on Rashad.

In Umm al-Masa’id, snipers killed nine militants.

Security forces killed eight militants in Tal Keif.

An airstrike near Rawa left six militants dead.

In Qara Tapa, militants bombed electricity installations.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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