World Bulletin / News Desk
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.