ISIS Gunmen Kill 11 in Attack on Eastern Iraqi Village

Gunmen went after unarmed civilians

ISIS carried out a series of attacks in the village of Hawasha, in Iraq’s Diyala Province, killing at least 11 civilians and wounding 15 more. The attackers, gunmen in several vehicles, hit targets around the village.

Police say they believe ISIS was going after unarmed civilians for ease of targeting. ISIS has yet to issue a statement. ISIS usually makes quick claims of credit when they’ve killed a substantial number of people.

It’s not clear why this village would have been targeted by ISIS, though the group did have a presence around Diyala a few years ago during its peak. ISIS is still trying to recover lost ground.

ISIS has launched a lot of attacks in Syria trying to retake lost ground, but mostly has failed. Fewer remnants were left in Iraq, but today’s attack shows they still have at least some operational capability.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of