ISIL/ISIS tok mange hundre studenter som gisler i Ramadi lørdag i en aksjon som kunne minne om Boko Haram. Studentene fikk høre at campus minnet om et bordell fordi jentene var sminket og kjønnene var blandet.
– Dere skal få dere en lærepenge dere sent vil glemme, fikk de høre.
ISIL tok kontroll over deler av Ramadi og hele Fallujah i vinter.
Det gikk av seks bilbomber bare i Bagdad. I Mosul i nord var det kamper fredag og likhusene ble fulle. To bilbomber ble rettet mot det som omtales som en «minoritet» utenfor byen. Man kan tenke seg hvilken.
Det var blodig, selv til Irak å være.
An AFP journalist said special forces spearheaded an assault to retake the campus, sparking clashes involving heavy gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades.
Security forces “liberated all of the male and female student hostages from the dormitories in Anbar University” and regained control of checkpoints at its entrances, Deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Assadi said in an emailed statement.
And interior ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan told AFP that all of the hostages had been freed, without giving casualty figures.
The AFP journalist saw security forces bring in buses to take weeping hostages away from one of the women’s dorms, but said fighting at the university continued afterwards.
Police officers put the number of hostages at the start of the incident at 2,500, though that figure could not be independently confirmed.
Before security forces moved in, a student told AFP by telephone from inside the university that she and other women were ordered to gather in one place, after which the militants’ leader addressed them.
“We will teach you a lesson you will never forget,” he said, according to the student’s account. The student said the militant branded the university a “brothel” where women wore makeup, listened to music and mixed with men. Fear of another attack, she said, will likely discourage students from returning to their studies.
In the northern city of Mosul, heavy fighting between militants and security forces entered its second day on Saturday, killing 21 police and 38 militants, an officer and mortuary employee said.
Dr Mohammed Khalaf said the morgue where he works in the city had received 80 bodies since Friday, and had no space for more.
Fighting erupted in Mosul on Friday morning and continued into the night, while twin suicide bombings targeted a minority group east of the city, and soldiers shot dead suicide bombers to its south.
At least 36 people were killed in Friday’s violence in Mosul and elsewhere in surrounding Nineveh province.
On Saturday, violence also struck the Iraqi capital, where a wave of bombings mainly targeting Shia-majority areas killed at least 25 people, officials said.
The six car bombings and one roadside bomb, which hit seven different areas, also wounded more than 85 people.