At least 94 people were killed today and 69 more were wounded. The deadliest attack occurred in Hit where airstrikes accidentally hit a market. It is unclear if the strikes were conducted by the Iraqis, who often strike civilians in Falluja, or one of the coalition partners.
The Netherlands and Australia have launched their first combat flights over Iraq, while Belgium conducted its first airstrike.
Authorities revealed that the Aza Tribe struck a secret deal with Iraqi security forces: They would fight the militants in exchange for weapons. The deal appears to have helped security forces reclaim 13 villages. A general bypassed Baghdad and struck the deal directly with tribal leaders. They are just one tribe among several who are working, somewhat reluctantly, with Iraqi troops. Their fight may have gotten more difficult as now the militants in Diyala are reportedly using entire families as human shields.