Iraq foils bid to seize Ramadi gov't compound

Iraqi government troops have been pursuing ISIL rebels since December, when the group captured parts of Iraq's western Anbar province.

Iraq foils bid to seize Ramadi gov't compound

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraqi army forces on Tuesday aborted an attempt by rebels to seize control of a government compound in the western city of Ramadi, an official said.

"Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) had tried to move on the government compound, but were repulsed by army forces," local councilor Qassim al-Fahdawi told Anadolu Agency.

Iraqi photojournalist Hamman Mohamed, who works for Altaghier satellite channel, was killed when a mortar shell hit his house in the western city of Ramadi, a health spokesman Anas Qais al-Ani said.

 

Iraqi army officials could not be reached for comment on the claims.

Iraqi government troops have been pursuing ISIL rebels – who the government says are linked to Al-Qaeda – since December, when the group captured parts of Iraq's western Anbar province, of which Ramadi is the provincial capital.

Hundreds have been killed and injured in Ramadi and Fallujah– Anbar's two main cities – since the offensive began, according to government officials.

An Iraqi lawmaker on Wednesday said Iraq would deploy its air force to retake the Fallujah dam after it was captured by armed groups who cut off water supplies to several parts of the country.

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