U.S. Service Member Among 153 Killed in Iraq

A U.S. service member was killed, and another was wounded, in Iraq on Sunday when a bomb exploded.

Canada says it will expand its operations in Iraq and focus on the rebuilding effort.

Iranian tanks rolled towards the Parviz Khan border checkpoint with Kurdistan on Monday as part of a joint military operation that Iraq and Iran are conducting to intimidate the Kurdistan region into ignoring the results of the independence referendum held a week ago. A group of Iraqi personnel is also on the Turkish side of the border.

Hemin Hawrami, a senior assistant to Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani, warned Iran and Turkey that any threats to Kurdish stability will result in instability for those two countries as well. A senior military commander in the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (P.K.K.), Murat Karayilan, advised Turkey to remain silent about the referendum matter or the P.K.K. will respond as well. The P.K.K. has been fighting a guerrilla war against Turkey for the last three decades.

Abdulrazaq Othman, head of planning department at Kurdistan’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, reminded the Iraqi government that it is legally bound to supply Kurdistan with food. He made the comments after Baghdad failed to issue new ration cards for those in Kurdistan.

At least 153 were killed and 18 were wounded, including U.S. Servicemembers:

Seven militiamen were killed and 10 were wounded when a booby-trapped home in Tal Afar exploded.

In Qaim, militants killed two young people who were among families trying to flee.

A bomb in Baghdad killed one person and wounded four more.

In Jurf al-Sakhar, gunmen killed a policeman and wounded two more.

A civilian was shot dead in Kirkuk.

A bomb wounded a farmer in Qara Tapa.

In Anbar, airstrikes left over 100 militants dead. Security forces killed three militants.

Security forces near Karbala killed 21 militants.

Four militants were killed in Fatha.

A strike left two militants dead in Riyadh.

Two militants were killed in Bani Saad.

In Hawija, an Islamic State leader was killed in clashes.

Security forces killed a suicide bomber in Bartala.

In Rashad, security forces captured an airfield being used as a militant training center. Up to six militants were killed in an airstrike.

Author: Margaret Griffis

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