16:22 GMT05 December 2020
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    Iraqi armed forces repulsed the attack of Daesh and killed 17 terrorists in the region of Hamidiyah east of Ramadi on an international high-speed highway, according to the Anbar province head of military operations.

    A picture released by the US Marines shows Marines from 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment (3/2) and Iraqi Special Forces patrolling a street in the city of Karabilah, near Iraq's northwestern border with Syria (file)
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Iraqi armed forces killed 17 Islamic State (ISIL, or Daesh in Arabic) jihadist group fighters in rebuffing an Daesh assault on army positions east of Ramadi, the Anbar province head of military operations told Iraqi media on Saturday.

    "Daesh fighters attacked army troops… in the region of Hamidiyah east of Ramadi on an international high-speed highway. The forces were able to repulse the attack and kill 17 fighters," Ismail Mahlawi told the Alsumaria network.

    The commander added that forces destroyed two terrorist hideouts and defused 12 explosive devices left by fighters in the region.

    Mahli also noted that 14 Daesh fighters have been killed in US-led coalition airstrikes in Albu Obaid, another area east of Ramadi in Iraq.

    Iraqi forces reportedly liberated areas east of Ramadi from IS militants in early February, two months after the national army announced it had regained full control of the capital of Anbar.

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    Iraqi armed forces, Daesh, Ismail Mahlawi, Iraq
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