Iraq army launches anti-militant raid, kills 17
Iran Press TV
Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:46PM GMT
The Iraqi army has launched a fresh attack on Takfiri militants in a flashpoint town southwest of the capital, Baghdad, killing 17 militants.
The military bombarded several militant targets in Jurf al-Sakhar, a town 60 kilometers (40 miles) from Baghdad, overnight.
Tribal and medical sources said 12 people were also injured and some of them were taken to the city of Fallujah in the province of Anbar.
A lieutenant in the Iraqi army said government forces used "a variety of weapons" to target militant bases in Jurf al-Sakhr.
The town, which lies in the north of Babil Province, helps the Iraqi government to have control over one of the two main roads that link Baghdad to the southern parts of the country, including the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf.
Meanwhile, police and medics said four people were shot dead in three different neighborhoods of the capital on Monday.
Twelve unidentified bodies with bullet wounds were also found in different districts of Baghdad, authorities added.
The crisis in Iraq escalated after Takfiri ISIL terrorists took control of Mosul, the capital city of Nineveh Province, on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of Baghdad.
Soldiers of the Iraqi army, backed by tribal forces and volunteers, have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants on different fronts and have so far been able to push back militants in several areas, including in Tikrit.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are responsible for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing Riyadh as a major supporter of global terrorism.
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