11 Iraqi border guards killed by Daesh near Jordan

Published August 16th, 2016 - 02:00 GMT
Iraqi government forces wave their national flags on March 10, 2016, after retaking the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from Daesh in Anbar province. (AFP/Moad Al-Dulaimi)
Iraqi government forces wave their national flags on March 10, 2016, after retaking the town of Zankura, northwest of Ramadi, from Daesh in Anbar province. (AFP/Moad Al-Dulaimi)

Daesh have killed seven Iraqi border guards and injured 17 others in the western Anbar Province close to the border with Jordan.

Reporting on Tuesday, the Kurdish media network Rudaw said the fatalities were caused after the militants struck a battalion of the guards west of the provincial capital of Ramadi.

A number of the fighters were themselves killed in ensuing clashes, while others fled to the desert after fighting intensified.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Daesh militants mounted a large-scale offensive in the country in June 2014.

Separately, Iraqi Peshmerga fighters thwarted a Daesh attack against the town of Sinjar in the neighboring Nineveh Province, killing 60 of the fighters. Some 120 militants had partaken in the strike. Five Kurdish fighters were injured in the counter-attack.

The town came under Daesh control in August 2014. Backed by airstrikes, Kurdish forces and allied militia fighters liberated the town last November.

The group also has a presence in neighboring Syria, where Syrian government forces are pushing it out of much of the areas it has overrun.

Troops nearing Mosul

Security forces in Syria and Iraq are closing in on the cities of Raqqa and Mosul, Daesh’s so-called headquarters in the respective countries.

Also on Tuesday, Iraq’s war media said the country’s army troops had retaken the al-Qayyarah district to the south of Mosul from the terror group.

The operation to liberate al-Qayyarah has so far led to the liberation of 12 villages and resulted in the death of the group’s military commander in the district as well as a number of other Takfiri elements.


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