Iraqi Kurdistan / by Lewis McKinnon

A senior Iraqi official announced on 26 June that the Islamic State (IS) was fully removed from Fallujah in a month-long operation. On 9 June two suicide attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 31 people and wounded at least 77 more. An Apache attack helicopter was used in a strike against an IS target for the first time since President Barack Obama authorised their use in offensive operations in early 2016. Turkish warplanes targeted Kurdish militant targets belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. Jordan announced that its border regions with Syria and Iraq are now closed military zones following a suicide bomb attack in Jordan on 21 June. A further 250 British troops were sent to Iraq to help local forces in the operation against IS. The troops will consist of 50 soldiers in addition to a squadron of engineers and 90 air base guards. The United Nations (UN) children’s agency, Unicef, released a report stating that 3.6 million children are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, and recruitment into armed groups. On 16 June a UN report, based on interviews with dozens of survivors, was released and stated that IS forces are committing genocide against Yazidis in Syria and Iraq. On 29 June there was an announcement that Iraq has secured a $2.7 billion loan from the United States (US) to fund ammunition and maintenance of fighter jets, tanks, and other military equipment for use in the operation against IS. The UN released $15 million in emergency aid to provide life-saving assistance to civilians fleeing the operation to retake Fallujah