World Bulletin / News Desk
The Iraqi governor of Al Anbar has been seriously injured on Sunday during clashes between so-called 'Islamic State' (IS) militants and Iraqi forces, Anbar Police Department Chief said.
According to Police Chief Ahmed Saddam, the governor of the Sunni heartland province - the largest in Iraq - Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi, was seriously injured as IS militants besieged the Anbar district of Hadise.
“Duleymi was sent to the nearest state hospital with an army plane,” the police chief said.
In addition, Al Anbar City Council President Sabah Kerhut also confirmed that at least 20 IS militants had been killed during the shelling conducted by Iraqi forces against the group, in the same district on Sunday.
The chaos created by IS militants has so far displaced an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis from their homes. The group has mainly targeted Shiite Muslims, Turkmens, Ezidis, and Christians.
The Iraqi army had failed to respond to a sudden offensive by the IS in June, which led the group to take control of large swathes of land in the country, including Mosul province in the north. The United States has recently conducted airstrikes against the group to support Kurdish peshmerga fighters and the Iraqi army.Last Mod: 10 Ekim 2014, 23:56