According to Reuters' sources in Iraq, militants fought government forces to secure control of the town of Muqdadiya and its military base.
"They were able to control part of the base but we will retake it from them," a local official told Reuters on the condition of anonymity.
Fighting near the town has been going on for weeks since the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) seized control of the city of Mosul.
Security sources told Reuters that many non-Iraqi fighters were involved in Thursday's clashes.
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