At least 24 people are killed in a series of attacks in and around Baghdad. ISIL has claimed responsibility. [https:--web.archive.org-web-20160530080520-http:--abcnews.go.com-International-wireStory-suicide-car-bombing-kills-people-baghdad-39474538 (ABC News)], [http:--hosted2.ap.org-APDEFAULT-3d281c11a96b4ad082fe88aa0db04305-Article_2016-05-30-ML--Iraq-id-c00860b45d244b4f8cfb0859a7597eb2 (AP)] Iraqi forces reportedly enter the city of Fallujah. Tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in the city. [https:--www.usatoday.com-story-news-world-2016-05-30-iraqi-forces-enter-isil-held-city-fallujah-85150894- (USA Today)], [https:--www.theguardian.com-world-2016-may-30-iraqi-forces-enter-fallujah-in-attempt-to-drive-out-islamic-state ("The Guardian")] Operation Breaking Terrorism
Iraqi Army forces helped by U.S. airstrikes recapture the southwestern city of Ar-Rutbah from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group. The victory will allow for the re-opening of the Baghdad-Amman highway.
At least 69 people are killed and 230 injured in a series of bomb attacks targeting Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad, Iraq. Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claims responsibility for some of the attacks. [https:--www.nytimes.com-aponline-2016-05-17-world-middleeast-ap-ml-iraq-the-latest.html (NY Times)] [https:--www.reuters.com-article-us-mideast-crisis-iraq-blast-idUSKCN0Y8103 (Reuters)] [http:--www.presstv.ir-Detail-2016-05-17-466035-Iraq-Baghdad-bomb-blasts-terrorism (Press TV)] 17 May 2016 Baghdad bombings
Following the Obama Administration's pledge of additional Special Operations troops to Iraq, several members of Iraq’s ruling alliance state that only the Iraqi Parliament can authorize the action, and political associates of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi report such a troop expansion would be unacceptable. Several members of Iraqi militias have also decried a deployment of more U.S. troops. During the pull out from Iraq, president Obama promised there would be no more "boots on the ground" in Iraq again.