Over 50 Killed in Surge of Iraqi Violence

Scores killed in fighting near Mosul

At least 53 were killed, many ISIS fighters, as Iraq violence surged. Most of the weekend’s fighting centered on the area around Mosul.

42 ISIS were reported killed south of Mosul, where the government carried out an offensive against them. The US was involved, with US warplanes participating in the operations.

Elsewhere in Iraq, at least 10 were killed in Sulaimania, and a Turkish airstrike killed five people in Kurdistan.

ISIS has been trying to reestablish itself in both Iraq and Syria, and has been carrying out attacks against targets near their desert strongholds. In both places, government forces are trying to force them back.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.