World Bulletin/News Desk
Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant -- ISIL -- on Thursday night attacked Iraqi border guards in Anbar province close to the Syrian border, leaving casualties on both sides, according to an Iraqi security source who requested anonymity.
Unrest in north and west of Iraq began on Tuesday after the ISIL along with other armed groups seized Mosul in Nineveh province as Iraqi troops withdrew from their posts without resistance, leaving behind them their weapons and gear.
The ISIL threatens to move south towards capital Baghdad. They have captured several cities and towns, including Tikrit, Samarra and Tuz Khormato in Salahuddin province. The group has held control in western Anbar province since January.
The ISIL was established shortly after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and was most recognizably known as al-Qaeda in Iraq, under the leadership of Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Al-Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri cut ties with the group in February 2014 amid a dispute with another militant group, Al-Nusra Front.
Iraq has seen a marked increase in violence in recent months, which the government blames on the ISIL.
Meanwhile, a Kurdish photojournalist was killed Thursday while covering clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and ISIL militants in the town of Riyadh in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter in the northern Kurdish region.
Peshmerga forces are the army of the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq.
Kamran Najm Ibrahim died after a mortar shell landed near him.
AA reporter said that Ibrahim's body stayed on the ground and no one was able to remove it because of the continuing clashes.
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