U.S. Defense Ashton Cartersaid that the United States will commit more money to the fight against the Islamic State militants and, possibly, more troops.
Villagers are reporting civilian deaths in U.S. airstrikes that the U.S. military has not yet counted as such.
Authorities in Falluja say that civilians are running out of food and other necessities, while hospital is running out of medical supplies. Preparations for the battle to recapture the city are proving more difficult than that of Ramadi.
Kurdish President Massoud Barzani has called for a non-binding referendum onKurdish independence. Kurdistan’s finances, however, are so poor that Peshmergafighters are abandoning the fight against the Islamic State over unpaid wages.