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Iran Press TV

6,000 Iraqi Sunni fighters join anti-ISIL fight

Iran Press TV

Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:4AM

At least 6,000 Sunni tribal fighters from various regions in Iraq have joined the country's pro-government Popular Mobilization units in their fight against Takfiri ISIL militants.

Habib al-Tarfi, a lawmaker in the Citizen coalition, which represents the interests of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, told Arabic-language al-Forat news agency on Tuesday that the fighters have joined the ranks of Iraqi volunteer forces "to battle the terrorists who seek to destroy Iraq and rip the country to shreds."

He further said that Iraqi security personnel backed by fighters from allied Popular Mobilization forces have so far managed to liberate many areas in Diyala, Salahuddin and Anbar provinces as well as the town of Jurf al-Nasr, located about 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of the capital, Baghdad, from ISIL.

Meanwhile, Commander of the 30th Brigade of the Popular Mobilization units Abu Abdullah al-Fahdawi told al-Sumaria satellite television network that 30 ISIL extremists were killed as his forces launched an operation in the al-Rashad district of the town of al-Karmah, situated about 48 kilometers (30 miles) west of the capital. A number of improvised explosive devices were also defused following the offensive.

More than 20 ISIL members were also killed during heavy fighting with Iraqi army troopers in Albu Jawari district, which lies north of Salahuddin's provincial capital city of Tikrit, on Tuesday.

Separately, Iraqi security forces raided militant hideouts in the city of Husaybah, which lies seven kilometers (4.5 miles) east of Anbar's provincial capital city of Ramadi, killing 14 ISIL Takfiris.

Iraqi government soldiers also fired a barrage of rockets at ISIL positions on the outskirts of the oil-rich city of Baiji, located some 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of Baghdad. A total of 15 ISIL terrorists were killed.

Additionally, 14 ISIL terrorists were killed after Iraqi fighter jets struck an area in the town of al-Qaim, situated about 500 kilometers (about 310 miles) west of the capital.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Takfiri ISIL militants began their activities on Iraqi territory in June 2014.

The heavily-armed terrorists took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country's heartland.

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