At least 20 civilians died or were wounded in Mosul – Isis’ stronghold in Iraq – following bombing at the hand of an Iraqi Air Force and the international US-led coalition against the jihadists of the self-proclaimed Caliphate. According to the Peshmerga leaders, Gayaz al Suryi, also six jihadist militiamen were killed during the bombing. Mosul, also known as Nineveh, which has fallen into the hands of the militants in June 2014. The jihadists have purged all the Christians from the city (from 50,000 in 2003 to 3,000 in 2014). They were forced to flee their homes after losing their assets, all of which were seized. Within 35 km of the city of Mosul there is a dam built in the 80’s, which controls the irrigation of the entire governorate and is considered for this very reason to be of strategic importance for the entire State.
Among the dead militants, according to Kurdish sources, perished the man “responsible for the murders” carried out by the Caliphate in the Nineveh plains. “In an air raid of the international coalition against Isis was killed Abu Abdallah al Askary, responsible for the murders section of the Nineveh plains and for organizing Daesh organization and several other fighters of the terrorist group,” explained Said Momozeini, responsible for the media of the Democratic Party of Iraqi Kurdistan, quoted by the Kurdish satellite TV. Abu Abdullah al Askari, in addition to giving orders, executed people himself. According to Momozeini, “he intervened directly in the killing of civilians in his area of expertise, and in recent times, he has personally ‘executed’ people who attempted to flee from areas controlled by Isis”.
The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has published the data of the dead and wounded in July. Overall, 759 Iraqis were killed and 1,207 wounded in acts of terrorism, violence, and armed conflicts. It has also reported 629 dead and 1,061 injured among civilians. The UNAMI also notes that the total number of deaths in the country since the beginning of year has reached 5,667 people.