Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally declared an end to the three-year-long war against the Islamic State militants, after regaining control of the Syrian and Iraqi border.
With the war over, Qais Khazali, the leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, has appeared on the Lebanese frontier, possibly seeking a new conflict to participate in. Also, a spokesman for the Saraya al-Salam militia, led by Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, announced that a new brigade is forming in response to the United States formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
At least 51 people were killed, and 28 more were wounded:
Near Tuz Khormato, Kurdish residents of Balkana village took up arms against Shi’ite militiamen, killing two of them.
In Hit, a bombing killed four people.
One person was killed and four were wounded by an explosion in Tarmiya.
A bomb killed one civilian and wounded two more in Tikrit.
In Baghdad, a bomb killed a civilian in the Jihad district.
Gunmen killed a government worker in Mosul.
Three civilians were wounded in a bombing in Hesniya.
A blast in Madaen left three wounded.
Along the Syrian border, airstrikes left 16 militants dead.
Ten militants were killed after militiamen found them in a tunnel near Kirkuk.