This is a timeline of events during the Iraqi Civil War in 2016.
Chronology[edit | edit source]
January[edit | edit source]
February[edit | edit source]
- February 2 – The beginning of the Siege of Fallujah (2016).
- February 19 – Preparations for the Hīt offensive (2016).
March[edit | edit source]
- March 6 – 2016 Hillah suicide truck bombing: A suicide bomber kills at least 60 people and wounds 70 others after ramming his explosives-laden truck into a security checkpoint at one of entrances to the Iraqi city of Hillah, south of Baghdad. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the bombing.
- March 24 – The beginning of the Mosul offensive (2016)
- March 25 – Iskandariya suicide bombing: A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd after a local football game in a village near Iskandariya, in a mixed Sunni-Shiite area, killing at least 30 people and wounding more than 65. The mayor of the town was among those killed in the explosion, he succumbed to his wounds in an hospital. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the bombing.
- March 27 – Iraqi Yazidis and tribal fighters (part of Iraq's military) take control of an area between Sinjar and the border of Syria from ISIL. This is along the main highway (and key ISIL supply line) between Mosul, Iraq and Shadadi (or Ash Shaddadi), Syria, which a predominantly Syrian Kurd force captured from ISIL last month. An alternative connection, that also requires this highway, would be to Al Hasakah, Syria, slightly north.
- March 29 – A suicide bomb attack kills at least seven people and wounds another 23 in Baghdad. A police officer says the suicide bomber set off his payload among a group of day laborers in Baghdad's Tayaran Square. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement circulated by supporters, saying it targeted Shiite militiamen.
April[edit | edit source]
- April 2 – Iraqi security forces free a large number of prisoners from an underground ISIL-operated jail in the city of Hīt. Malallah al-Obeidi, a local official in the Al Anbar Governorate, put the number of freed prisoners at around 1,500, saying most of them were civilians.
May[edit | edit source]
- May 1 – 2016 Samawa bombing: In a rare attack in Iraq's mostly Shiite south, a twin suicide bombing kills at least 33 people and wounds 75 in the city of Samawah, Muthanna Governorate. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility.
- May 13 – Real Madrid Fan Club massacre: A group of ISIL militants attack the headquarters of a supporters club of the Spanish football club Real Madrid C.F. in Balad District, north of Baghdad. At least 16 people were killed in the attack.
- May 18 - Iraq's Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, announced that the Iraqi army and PMF liberated the town of Rutbah, in the Anbar province, after a four-day-long battle with ISIS. The liberation of Rutbah has been viewed as strategically important, as it lies 150 km east of the Al Waleed border crossing with Syria, and 250 km south of Al-Qa'im.
- May 22 - Beginning of Operation Breaking Terrorism.
June[edit | edit source]
- 27 June - The Iraqi army enters the outskirts of Fallujah in the last phase of the Battle of Fallujah
- 29 June - The Iraqi air force heavily bombs ISIS vehicles retreating from Fallujah
July[edit | edit source]
August[edit | edit source]
- 21 August - An Iraqi F16 fighter bombed Mosul. The attack left 10 Islamic State fighters dead.
- 21 August - At least 30 fighters from Islamic State were killed by security forces in Ramadi.
- 25 August - Qayyarah is liberated from ISIS to allow for a future offensive on Mosul.
- 27 August - An airstrike killed 12 Islamic State insurgents in Sadia village.
- 28 August - One Islamic State leader dies in an airstrike in Mosul.
- 28 August - Clashes left 2 ISIS terrorists dead in Hawija.
- 29 August - 5 ISIS fighters die in an airstrike in Anbar Governorate province.
- 30 August - An airstrike left 4 Islamic State terrorists dead.
September[edit | edit source]
- 3 September - At least 18 terrorists from Islamic State die in an airstrike in Anbar province.
- 4 September - Kurdish fighters killed at least 7 Islamic State insurgents in Tal Afar.
- 4 September - Security forces killed at least 2 Islamic State insurgents.
- 5 September - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant bans burqas in northern Iraq after a series of fatal attacks on its members by veiled women.
- 22 September - the Iraqi Army recaptures Al-Shirqat entirely along with several other villages.
October[edit | edit source]
- 4 October - Iraqi Air Forces bombing killed at least 40 insurgents from Islamic State. The airstrike occurred near Anbar.
- 5 October - United State bombing Islamic State target killing 10. The airstrike occurred near Mosul.
- 6 October - 4 terrorists from Islamic State were shoot dead in Qaim.
- 8 October - Airstrike left 7 terrorist from Islamic State dead. The airstrike occurred near Ramadi.
- 11 October - 8 insurgents from Islamic State die in airstrike. The incident occurred in Mosul.
- 15 October - A bombing by coalition left 5 Islamic State insurgents dead and 7 were wounded in Nineveh.
- 19 October - 21 Islamic State insurgents were killed by security forces in Bojwana village.
- 20 October - A leader from Islamic State die in airstrike. The airstrike occurred in Tel al-Sheer village, Nineveh.
- 24 October - At least 15 insurgents from Islamic State die in clashes with Peshmerga forces. The clash occurred in Sinjar.
- 25 October - In Rutba district 40 insurgents from Islamic State die.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Timeline of the Iraq War (2015)
- Timeline of the Iraq War (2014)
- Terrorist incidents in Iraq in 2015
- Terrorist incidents in Iraq in 2016
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References[edit | edit source]
- Reuters Editorial (6 March 2016). "Islamic State truck bomb kills at least 60 people south of Baghdad". Reuters. https://www.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-iraq-blast-idUSKCN0W80ED. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- "Suicide bomber kills dozens at football stadium in Iraq". http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/suicide-attack-kills-dozens-football-stadium-iraq-160325181900028.html. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- "Iraq violence: 'IS suicide attack' kills 29 in football match". BBC News. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35901358. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- "Islamic State claims responsibility for suicide bomb at Iraq football stadium". BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-suicide-bomb-at-iraq-football-stadium-34573051.html. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- "Iraqi army says border area with Syria taken from ISIS". Al Arabiya. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2016/03/25/Iraqi-army-says-border-area-with-Syria-taken-from-ISIS.html. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
- ABC News. "ABC News". ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/suicide-bomber-kills-civilians-iraqi-capital-37999103. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- "Iraq forces free prisoners from ISIS jail". http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/04/03/Iraq-forces-free-prisoners-from-underground-ISIS-jail-officials.html. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
- "Rare IS group bombings in southern Iraq kill 33". https://www.yahoo.com/news/twin-bombings-southern-iraq-kill-33-113911468.html. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
- Stephen Jones (13 May 2016). "ISIS kill 16 Real Madrid fans in massacre at supporters club headquarters". mirror. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/isis-kill-16-real-madrid-7962654. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
- Desk, News (2016-08-25). "Iraq forces retake key town south of Mosul: commander" (in en-US). https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/iraq-forces-retake-key-town-south-mosul-commander/.
- Fadel, Leith (2016-09-21). "[Breaking Iraqi Armed Forces liberate key ISIS stronghold"] (in en-US). https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-iraqi-armed-forces-liberate-key-isis-stronghold/.
- "Iraq: Security forces recapture Shirqat from ISIL". http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/iraq-security-forces-recapture-shirqat-isil-160922142006561.html.
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