On Monday evening, the extremists have declared that they took it by storm. Reinforcements were sent to the government forces. As a result of airstrikes on Tuesday morning, 19 people were killed. State television reported that they were ISIL militants. However, according to some media reports, there were women and children among the victims that have been under attack in the residential neighborhoods, where radicals were hiding. According to the National Iraqi News Agency, another 20 Iraqis were killed during the air strike caused by the Syrian fighters in the city of Al Qaim, located on the border with Syria. 93 people were injured. State television channel “Al-Iraqiya” also distributed information that US drones attacked militant positions in Al Qaim. Satellite TV station “Al Arabiya”, citing the local tribes, stated that there were no US drones strikes at all. Pan-Arab TV channel also briefly reported that the White House denies bombing.
US Secretary of State, John Kerry, who visited Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan, said in an interview with US broadcaster CBC that Washington believes it is premature to strike against militant positions of ISIL. Kerry said that “the biggest challenge for Iraqis now is to form a government that would include representatives of all factions and minorities.”
According to the data, distributed by the UN, within 17 days of armed clashes more than one thousand people were killed, including civilians.