World Bulletin / News Desk
Iraqi security forces have reportedly killed 37 rebels affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who had earlier took over several districts in the northern city of Mosul.
Let. Gen. Mahdi al-Ghazawi, the chief of Nineveh Operations Command, told Anadolu Agency that the joint police-army force had launched an operation in the western parts of the city, killing 37 rebels , including four Afghans.
The government troops also destroyed 13 vehicles used by the rebels during the operation, the official said, giving no further details.
On Friday, clashes erupted in several districts of the northern city between security forces and rebels amid reports that the latter had captured at least three western districts.
Security sources said that at least 26 people – six security personnel and 20 rebels - were killed in the fighting.
Iraq has seen a marked uptick in violence in recent months.
While the army continues to battle ISIL rebels in the western and northern provinces, other areas of Iraq have seen unrelenting bombings, assassinations and attacks on both civilians and security personnel.
The Iraqi government blames the surge in violence on the ISIL rebels, whom it accuses of being linked to Al-Qaeda.Last Mod: 09 Haziran 2014, 11:44