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Airstrike Hits Shoppers; 94 Killed, 69 Wounded Across Iraq
by Margaret Griffis, October 06, 2014
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At least 94 people were killed today and 69 more were wounded​. The deadliest attack occurred in Hit where airstrikes accidentally hit a market. It is unclear if the strikes were conducted by the Iraqis, who often strike civilians in Falluja, or one of the coalition partners.
The Netherlands and Australia have launched their first combat flights over Iraq, while Belgium conducted its first airstrike.
Authorities revealed that the Aza Tribe struck a secret deal with Iraqi security forces: They would fight the militants in exchange for weapons. The deal appears to have helped security forces reclaim 13 villages. A general bypassed Baghdad and struck the deal directly with tribal leaders. They are just one tribe among several who are working, somewhat reluctantly, with Iraqi troops. Their fight may have gotten more difficult as now the militants in Diyala are reportedly using entire families as human shields.
In Hit, 22 civilians were killed and 43 were wounded during an airstrike that hit a market. The victims were mostly women and children. There are unconfirmed reports that coalition fighters may have been behind the airstrike. Airstrikes also killed a number of militants​.
Six security forces were killed, including tribal fighters, and nine more were wounded during clashes in Aziz Balad. Mortars wounded two civilians​.
Shelling in Falluja killed one civilian and wounded eight more. Special forces killed 18 militants in a nearby village.
In Tuz, a volunteer fighter died while trying to defuse a bomb. Three civilians were wounded in a separate blast.
Two civilians were killed and four were wounded in villages near Duluiya​.
Ramadi is almost under complete control of ISIS/DAASH. Three militants were killed. Security forces also killed a militant official. Nine others were also killed
Security forces killed 12 militants in al-Hamra​.
Seven militants were killed in al-Baghdadi​.
Peshmerga forces killed five militants in Daquq.
Tribal fighters in Qayara killed two militants​.
An airstrike in Kubaisa killed several militants, including their leader.
A mufti and two aides were killed in the Hamrin region.
In Baghdad​, security forces killed a suicide bomber​.
Security forces in Mansouriya killed a militant.
Many militants, both dead and injured, were brought in to a hospital in Tal Afar. It is believed they came from Rabeaa​, Sinjar and Zumer.
Near Tikrit, violent clashes broke out.
Qaim and Rawa were also bombed​.
Violent clashes took place in Qadisiya​.
A number of militants were killed in Baiji.
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Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.
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