MThe security forces continue to battle Islamic State (IS) militants in Anbar, Ninawa, Ta'mim and Diyala provinces, but most especially at present in Salah ad-Din province where fighting was very heavy around Tikrit last week.
Countrywide a total of 45 bomb attacks left 93 people dead and 116 injured. IS militants have rigged up numerous properties with explosives around areas such as Tikrit so more people are likely to be harmed as territory is reclaimed from the group.
Small arms attacks left two people dead and three injured, including members of the security forces shot during clashes with militants. However, a much larger number of security force personnel are likely to have been harmed during ongoing operations; the reporting of these figures appears to be very patchy.
Indirect fire incidents (rockets, mortars and military artillery shelling) left 11 people dead. Artillery fire is also likely to be causing unknown civilian casualties in areas under IS control. The true extent of the harm may not be known for weeks, if not months.
At least 45 people were also publicly executed by militants or murdered only to have their bodies later recovered by the authorities. IS fighters continue to kill suspected deserters, informants or other individuals suspected of having sympathies with the authorities.