World Bulletin / News Desk
Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite Muslim militias repelled an early morning assault by ISIL insurgents on a dam area north of Baghdad, security sources and a local official said on Sunday.
Fighters from the ultra-radical group attacked pro-government forces deployed around the dam on the Euphrates River near the town of al-Udhaim, about 90 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, in the early morning.
At least nine militia fighters and six soldiers were killed in the fighting on Sunday, which lasted about seven hours, army and police sources said.
Iraq's Shi'ite-led government, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, has been trying to push back ISIL since it swept through mainly Sunni Muslim provinces of northern Iraq in June, meeting virtually no resistance.
"Daesh fighters attacked the dam area from the northwestern side using suicide car bombers to attack army positions... Our forces managed to push them back," Udhaim council chief Mohammed Dhefan said, using a derogatory acronym for ISILLast Mod: 15 Şubat 2015, 15:54