Aid groups expressed their concern over the unannounced relocation of about 1,400 people who are the foreign wives and children of Islamic State suspects. The families were being held at a camp in Hammam al-Alil recently, but have since been transferred to Tal Keif, where authorities say they have been placed into more suitable housing.
With the Kurdish independence referendum now a week away, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss the situation while the pair is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Both Ankara and Baghdad are against Kurdish independence and want the referendum to be canceled, even though the referendum has no legal authority to grant independence to the Kurdistan region. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also called on the Kurds to cancel.
At least 387 people were killed and 28 more were wounded:
A blast at a training camp in Majarin killed 12 tribal fighters and three civilians dead. Another 23 were wounded. Although most of the injured were security personnel, some were women and children.
In Baghdad, a blast wounded five people in Furat.
Airstrikes in Anbar left 306 militants dead during the last fives days.
Thirty militants were killed during operations in Mosul.
Security forces uncovered a mass grave in Balad that contained the bodies of 15 militants.
In Zuwiya, at least a dozen militants were killed.
Four suicide bombers were killed in Hadhar.
Three suicide bombers were killed in a failed attack at a base in Qaraj that is home to U.S. troops.
In Muqdadiya, a suicide bomber blew himself up.
A suicide bomber killed himself in Dour.
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