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The military claimed it killed 175 "terrorists" and captured 75 more in the southern and western parts of Baghdad province. The head of the Babil Operations Command was relieved of his command. The military said it launched an offensive against the Islamic State in Haditha. Kurdish officials claimed the Peshmerga has retaken areas in the Sinjar and Rabiah districts. Prime Minister Maliki ordered the Iraqi Air Force to support the Peshmerga.
The Islamic State took control of the Mosul Dam, the city of Sinjar, the town of Zumar, and several villages in Ninewa province. Kurdish forces withdrew from Zumar after heaving fighting, where they lost 17 fighters, but left the dam and Sinjar after offering minimal resistance. Nine soldiers were killed in attack in Jurf al Sakhar and eight policemen were killed in a suicide attack in Balad. The military claimed it cleared Ajwa just south of Tikrit, but the military previously claimed it was conducting operations from the town against the Islamic State. The military said it killed eight Islamic State fighters in Iskandariya and four more in Karbala.
The Islamic State is thought to have taken control of the town of Zumar after fighting with Kurdish forces. The military claims it killed 13 Islamic State leaders, including a Syrian, in Muqdadiyah, 60 Islamic State fighters near Haditha, 20 in in Tikrit, 20 in Sharqat, 18 north of Fallujah, and 15 more in the Hamrin Mountains. The military also claimed it cleared several neighborhoods in Ramadi of Islamic State fighters.
The military killed 27 people during airstrikes in Jurf al Sakhar, which is under control of the Islamic State, and seven more near Fallujah. Shia militias executed 15 Sunnis in Baqubah, and then hung their bodies from electrical poles. A Hezbollah trainer was killed during fighting in northern Iraq.
An Islamic State suicide bomber destroyed a key bridge in Thar Thar that was used by the Iraqi military to keep Samarra resupplied. The military claimed it killed 14 "gunmen" in Fadhliyah and 10 Islamic State fighters north of Baqubah. A small Awakening force is said to be organizing in Mosul to fight the Islamic State.
Police found the bodies of 17 people thought to have been executed in different areas of Baghdad. Security forces killed 17 people in Jurf al Sakhr, which is largely controlled by the Islamic State. The Army claimed it killed a Tunisian commander in the Islamic State and six of his bodyguards in Karma. The Islamic State destroyed a shrine to the Prophet George in Mosul.