The Iraqi army was on high alert on Saturday following the deaths of at least 15 Iraqi military officers were killed in an ambush in the western Sunni Muslim-dominated province of Anbar.
Five senior Iraqi officers, including a major general, were among those killed in the attack.
Major General Mohammad al-Karoui and the other 14 all died in an assault on “a hideout of the al-Qaeda network” in Sunni-majority western Anbar province near the border with Syria, the sources said.
An Al Arabiya News Channel correspondent reported that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki had ordered troops to stage a security operation in the province and search for members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the al-Qaeda group operating in Iraq and Syria.
Around 35 people were wounded in the attack, the correspondent reported. A curfew has been declared in the Sharqat area in the Salah al-Din governorate.