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Iraq army forces backed by local fighters deter ISIL offensive on western city

Iran Press TV

Fri Jan 9, 2015 1:48PM

Units of Iraqi government troops, backed by local police forces and volunteer fighters, have managed to repel an attack by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the western province of Anbar.

Abdul-Hakim al-Jughaifi, the administrative official responsible for Haditha, said Iraqi troopers deterred an ISIL assault on Albu Hayat District of the city, situated about 240 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad, on Thursday.

Eight ISIL members were killed during the fight and dozens of others were injured.

Separately, Iraqi forces have regained control over a number of areas on the outskirts of Samarra, situated 125 kilometers (78 miles) north of Baghdad, and established security there.

Samarra Mayor Mahmoud Khalaf said government troops have regained nearby areas with the help of Shia fighters after they were briefly seized by ISIL.

At least three people, two policemen and one civilian, died in Samarra on Thursday when ISIL members detonated car bombs at security checkpoints on the city's western outskirts.

Samarra and its surrounding areas have come under intensified attacks by ISIL in recent months. Seizing Samarra, which is home to holy Shia shrines, would strengthen gains by ISIL in northern Iraq, and threaten Baghdad.

The ISIL terrorists control some parts of Syria and Iraq. They are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control. ISIL has terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.


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