Over 1,000 Iraqi forces wounded in Fallujah op

Smoke rises after an airstrike by U.S.-led coalition warplanes as Iraqi security forces advance towards Shuhada neighborhood of Fallujah to retake the city from Islamic State militants, Iraq, on Friday. (AP)
Updated 04 June 2016

Over 1,000 Iraqi forces wounded in Fallujah op

BAGHDAD: More than 1,000 members of the Iraqi forces have been wounded since the start of the operation to retake Fallujah from the Daesh group, a health official said Friday.
“We have received 1,119 wounded since the start of the operation,” a senior Baghdad health official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“The wounded fighters were treated at Kadhimiya, Abu Ghraib, Al Karama, Al Karkh and Yarmuk hospitals,” he said.
The official said the casualty toll included members of the army, police, counter-terrorism service and Hashed Al-Shaabi paramilitary organization.
Iraqi forces on May 22-23 launched a vast offensive aimed at retaking the Daesh bastion of Fallujah, a city only 50 km west of Baghdad that was the first to fall out of government control in 2014.
Iraqi military commanders are not divulging casualty figures.
The health official could not provide a figure for the number of fighters killed.
The bodies of the dead are usually taken to a morgue near Baghdad airport or other locations and then collected directly by the families.
The number of funerals held across the country however suggests the Fallujah battle is taking a high toll.
The coffins of at least 70 fighters killed in the Fallujah fighting had by Wednesday been brought to Najaf’s Valley of Peace cemetery, where many from Iraq’s Shiite majority bury their dead, according to a security source there.
Officials in Basra said the southern province had lost 26 fighters from the Hashed Al-Shaabi force alone.
Commanders say that since elite forces backed by police and army moved to the fringes of the city center, Daesh has put up fierce resistance.


Algeria to go the polls on December 12, says interim president

Updated 15 September 2019

Algeria to go the polls on December 12, says interim president

ALGIERS: Algeria — whose president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in April following mass protests — is to hold a presidential election on December 12, his interim successor announced Sunday.

"I have decided... that the date of the presidential election will be Thursday, December 12," said Abdelkader Bensalah, who is precluded from standing himself, in a televised address.

The announcement comes after army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah, seen as the strongman in Algeria since the fall of Bouteflika, insisted that polls be held by the end of this year, despite ongoing protests demanding the creation of new institutions ahead of any elections.