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IS militants seize large part of town in western Iraq
Militants of the Islamic State (IS) group, an al-Qaida offshoot, took control of most of the town of Heet in the Iraqi province of Anbar on Thursday, a provincial security source said.
Hundreds of IS militants stormed Heet, some 160 km west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, in the early hours of the day and seized most of the towns' districts after fierce clashes with Iraqi security forces and allied Sunni tribesmen, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The militants started the attacks from several directions after they pounded the town with heavy mortar barrage, the source said.
The attackers used suicide car bombers to struck the security centers and main government buildings, the source said, adding that the battles are still underway.
The security situation began to drastically deteriorate in Iraq since June 10, when bloody clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces and hundreds of IS militants, who took control of the country's northern city of Mosul and later seized swathes of territories after Iraqi security forces abandoned their posts in Nineveh and other predominantly Sunni provinces.
[Source: Xinhua, Baghdad, 02Oct14]
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