3 soldiers killed in ISIL attack in western Iraq

Five soldiers were injured in clashes with ISIL

3 soldiers killed in ISIL attack in western Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and five others injured in clashes with ISIL militants in western Iraq on Wednesday, according to a local police officer. 

Captain Ahmed al-Duleimi said ISIL militants staged a brazen attack with car-bombs on a military headquarters in Rutba city, 310 kilometer west of Ramadi. 

“Three soldiers were killed and five others injured in ensuing clashes with the attackers,” he said. 

According to al-Duleimi, Iraqi forces managed to thwart the attack and killed the ten bombers. 

The Iraqi military has yet to comment on the attack. 

Last month, the Iraqi army -- backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and local allies on the ground -- launched a wide-ranging operation aimed at retaking Mosul, the last ISIL stronghold in northern Iraq. 

Once Iraq’s second largest city in terms of population, Mosul -- along with additional swathes of territory in the country’s north and west -- was overrun by ISIL in mid-2014.  

Recent months have seen the Iraqi army and its allies retake much territory from the extremist group, especially on Mosul’s outskirts and in the western Anbar province.

 
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