To read the so-called 'news,' the big Iraq story is a sports event outside of Iraq.
Oh, thank goodness, all the problems ceased in Iraq.
That didn't happen.
It's just a lazy press got once again bored with reporting the truth.
The US continued bombing Iraq. The Defense Dept announced:
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted eight strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Albu Hayat, a strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
-- Near Fallujah, a strike produced inconclusive results.
-- Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
-- Near Qayyarah, three strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL headquarters and destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb facility and an ISIL training camp.
-- Near Ramadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle, two ISIL vehicle staging areas, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position.
Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.
The refugee crisis continued:
Anbar's security commission notes the deterioration in the conditions of detainees and called for the Iraqi government to clear those being held who are known not to be members of the Islamic State.
Iraq's electoral commission is preparing for the provincial elections and has made way for 1.6 million refugees to vote.
And possibly the biggest news?
All last week supposed addressing of corruption.
Minister of Defense Khaled al-Obedi accused the Speaker of Parliament and so many others.
But ALSUMARIA reports the Integrity Commission hosted him today and though he was supposed to present evidence he offered no proof of any corruption.
I'm traveling in some vehicle
I'm sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
That shell shock love away
-- "Hejira," written by Joni Mitchell, first appears on her album of the same name
The number of US service members the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning] 4520 (including 20 in Operation Inherent Resolve which includes at least 3 Iraq War fatalities).
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