Artillery Fire Strikes Civilians in Mosul; 154 Killed in IraqDecember 14, 2016
A UNESCO team visited Nimrud and believes about 60 percent of the ancient ruins there were destroyed. However, there is hope that many antiquities remain in good condition under the rubble, so the U.N. is seeking protection for the site.
Meanwhile, the Islamic State militants also destroyed the infrastructure of modern towns in order to reuse materials for weapons factories. Some of these towns, like Qayara, are rebuilding, beginning with hospitals. As another winter approaches, local authorities in Mount Sinjar are asking for fresh supplies to be sent to the displaced Yazidis living in tents.
The Special Presidential Envoy to the Coalition, Brett McGurk announced that about 75 percent of Daesh militants are now dead. Furthermore, fewer militants are joining the group.
Dozens of civilians continue to escape Daesh-held territory in the Hawija region.
Militiamen have liberated about 149 villages during the Mosul campaign.
At least 154 were killed and 49 were wounded:
In Mosul, at least 40 civilians were killed and dozens were wounded in overnight shelling and rocket attacks, but there are conflicting reports suggesting that some of the casualties were the result of Coalition or Iraqi artillery and missiles. Clashes near the Salam hospital left five soldiers dead and eight wounded; scores of militants were killed. Thirteen militants were killed. Another 20 were killed in the Industrial Zone.
Militants in Hawija executed 28 security personnel or recruits.
In Baghdad, a car bomb in the Washash neighborhood left two dead and 10 wounded. Three people were wounded in a blast in Shuhada. A bomb near a Fadwat Arab liquor store wounded a passerby.
Gunmen on a road near Hamidat killed three people and wounded two more.
A boy was injured while playing with a mine in Qayara.
Three militants were killed near the Haditha Dam.