Sunday, June 5, 2016

At Least 17 Killed in Attacks North of Baghdad

BAGHDAD – At least 17 people were killed, including 10 members from the Islamic State terrorist group, in attacks and clashes in the Iraqi province of Saladin, north of capital Baghdad, according to a security official.

The security official told EFE that IS fighters attacked a position of Iraqi forces on Saturday in the oil field of Ojeil, located 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of Tikrit, capital of the Iraqi province.

At first, the jihadists managed to control some of the government forces positions, but the troops finally managed to regain the positions after the arrival of reinforcements and support by Iraqi army aviation.

Clashes between the two sides led to the killing of 10 jihadists, destroying military equipment and seizing weapons and ammunition, while at least three soldiers were killed and another 15 wounded from the Iraqi forces.

The official added that at least four Iraqi soldiers were killed and eight wounded in a suicide attack on an army checkpoint in the Tarmiyah, on the area between Saladin and Baghdad.

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