In a bomb attack on Thursday, at least 17 Iraqi soldiers were killed near Ramadi, the capital of western province of Anbar.
Military officials said Daesh militants detonated a truck loaded with explosives in Jarayshi area, 10 km (6 miles) north of Ramadi, while they also surrounded an army regiment, seized a bridge and cut off a key supply route linking Ramadi to the Thirthar district further north.
The attack came as Iraqi forces are preparing a major offensive into Fallujah, a town in Anbar which has been under the control of Daesh for the last six months.
Iraq has managed to regain significant ground from Daesh in recent months, but the group still controls some key areas in the two provinces of Nineveh and Anbar, in north and west. That enables the militant group to carry out frequent bombings in government-held areas.
Loose security is often blamed for the surge in attacks in Baghdad. Thousands of security personnel have been deployed across the city but searches are either hasty or nonexistent while fake bomb detectors are extensively used.
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