Fresh clashes erupt in Iraq's Anbar

Officials say 18 insurgents and four police officers have been killed in ongoing clashes

Fresh clashes erupt in Iraq's Anbar

World Bulletin/News Desk

At least 22 people were killed and 17 others injured Saturday in Iraq’s Anbar province in clashes between Iraqi security forces and armed insurgents led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL, officials said.

Lieutenant General Rashid Faleh, commander of Iraqi army operations in Anbar, told the Anadolu Agency that 18 ISIL militants were killed and 11 injured in clashes with Iraqi army in the city of Fallujah.

He said three Iraqi soldiers were injured and five vehicles used by the militants were destroyed.

Meanwhile, four police officers were killed in an attack launched by ISIL-led militants in the city of Ramadi, police sources said. Three tribal fighters were wounded during the clashes, according to the same source.

Iraq saw a significant increase in sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims in June, with a coalition of armed opposition groups led by the ISIL having taking control of large swathes of the country's predominantly Sunni provinces.

The latest wave of insurgency began when militants captured the city of Mosul on 10 June and soon afterwards took control of a number of other key cities and towns including Tikrit, Tal Afar, Fallujah and Baiji.


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