UN: Iraq Casualties Rise to 1,466 in June

Deaths in Iraq due to fighting rose to 1,466 in June, the United Nations reported, higher than the 1,031 recorded in May. The UN said that increased deaths among soldiers and militia accounted for much of the rise.

Western Iraq has been a battleground between the IS caliphate and the Baghdad government in the southeast and the Kurdish autonomous forces in the north. IS forces have overrun much of the western desert provinces, and have captured Ramadi, 63 miles west of Baghdad, and the major oil refinery at Baiji, 117 miles up the Tigris River from Baghdad.

IS Egyptian Group Strikes 15 Sinai Targets

A group affiliated with the IS caliphate killed at least 50 security personnel in the northern Sinai region of Egypt today. The attacks centered on checkpoints at Sheik Zuweid, although a suicide car bomb exploded at an officers club in Al-Arish. A group called the Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Basra, Iraq

An important oil industry town in southern Iraq on the Shatt al-Arab River. Basra is close to Iran and the northern tip of the Persian Gulf.


Nineveh Province town in north on banks of Tigris River. The IS caliphate took the town in 2014.


IS fighters control this town in Anbar province.

Baghdad, Iraq

Capital of Iraq.