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Security forces advance against IS army in Iraq

Security forces advance against IS army in Iraq
In Nineveh province, Iraqi security forces and Kurdish forces, known as Peshmerga, backed by allied Sunni tribesmen, freed four villages near the town of Makhmour in southeast of the provincial capital city Mosul, an official from the Iraqi defence ministry told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The battles near Makhmour are part of the troops’ major offensive on Wednesday, which was supported in the air by the Iraqi and US-led coalition aircraft, the source said.

In Salahudin province, the security forces, backed by Shia militiamen and allied Sunni tribesmen, freed three villages near the town of Mu’tasim, just south of the city of Samarra, after fierce clashes with the IS militants, a provincial security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity, without giving further details about casualties.

The battles south of Samarra came a day after the troops retook full control of the town of Dhuluiyah, some 90 km north of Baghdad, after days of heavy clashes with the extremist militants.
Salahudin is a predominantly Sunni province and its capital Tikrit is the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein.

In Anbar province, security forces and Sunni tribal fighters, backed by aircraft, repelled IS attacks from three directions on the town of al-Baghdadi, a provincial security source said.

The troops fought back and killed at least 10 militants, including one of their leaders, while the Iraqi and the US-led aircraft carried out airstrikes on the IS positions, destroying many of their vehicles and militants, the source said. Also in the province, heavy clashes are under way after IS militants carried out attacks on the al-Habbaniyah airport. The battles are concentrated on the hills around the fortified airport, the source said.

The IS militants apparently are trying to cut the main road between the battlefields in the town of Ameriyat al-Fallujah, some 40 km west of Baghdad, and Ramadi, the source added.

There is no report about casualties among the Iraqi forces and the IS militants, he said.
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