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Iraqi forces repel IS attacks in western Iraq
Iraqi security forces and allied tribesmen on Saturday repelled attacks by the Islamic State (IS) militant group in a military airbase housing U.S. advisors, in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said.
Iraqi security forces backed by Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition aircraft repelled an attack by the IS militants on a major military airbase housing U.S. military advisors, near the town of al-Baghdadi, some 200 km northwest of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a provincial security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The fierce battles which broke out in the early hours of the day resulted in the killing of numerous IS militants and destroying of their vehicles, the source said.
The IS militants also attacked the town of al-Baghdadi and after hours of clashes, they were forced to retreat, the source added.
The battles resulted in the killing an undetermined number of IS militants and Iraqi soldiers, including a commando officer, he said.
Al-Baghdadi town, which is the house of the government-backed Albu Nimer Sunni tribe, has been under the siege of the militants for months.
For months, Ramadi has been the scene of fierce clashes between the IS militants and the security forces, which has gained support from some of the local Sunni tribes who rejected the presence of the extremist IS group.
The security situation in Iraq began to drastically deteriorate on June 10, when bloody clashes broke out between the Iraqi security forces and the IS group.
[Source: Xinhua, Ramadi, 20Dec14]
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