During a speech on Saturday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi revealed that Shi’ite militiamen are expected to participate in the liberation of Tal Afar, even though many residents fear them. Turkey has expressed its opposition in the past. Sunni fighters may also be involved.
At least 47 were killed and 20 were wounded:
A bomb in Nimrud killed three people and wounded seven more.
In Suleiman Bek, a bomb wounded four people.
Turkish artillery fire wounded four civilians in Zakho.
Gunmen wounded one person in Sayyahiya.
A strike killed 12 militants in Aiadhiah.
Four militants were killed in the Makhoul Mountains.
In Badush, two suicide bombers were killed.
Clashes at an Imam Weis checkpoint left a top militant dead.