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Attack on Iraqi military base kills at least 15

Fighters have continued to launch counterattacks on the edges of Ramadi, a week after Iraqi troops recaptured the city from the Islamic State (ISIS).

After the liberation of Ramadi in the western province of Anbar last week, the first mass grave has been discovered in the provincial capital city.

A source told the Daily Star: “The bodies of the Islamic State fighters had been absolutely pulverised”.

The US-led coalition supporting Iraqi ground troops in Ramadi said about 700 fighters from the group calling itself Islamic State (ISIL) are holed up around Ramadi.

“Nineveh police managed to kill seven attackers, but three were able to detonate their suicide vests”, he said.

“The expulsion of ISIL by Iraqi security forces, supported by our global coalition, is a significant step forward in the campaign to defeat this barbaric group and restore Iraq’s territorial sovereignty”.

Speicher is located in Salaheddin province, which was one of the regions conquered by IS when it swept across much of Iraq’s Sunni Arab heartland in June 2014.

In recent months Russian Federation, the U.S. and Iraqi air forces have been targeting Islamic State oil trucks in both Syria and Iraq. Special-ops.org reported that 80 Australian special forces soldiers embedded with front-line Iraqi units and directed more than 1,000 airstrikes.

Commenting on the Ramadi operation, defence analyst Hisham al-Hashimi said, “Ramadi is an example that the regular army wishes to promote for upcoming battles of liberation”. At least 20 police were also injured. While the death of ten of its leaders is most certainly a severe loss to ISIS, the Western-led coalition’s work is far from over.

Holding the rank of staff-sergeant, the sniper was part of an elite team of military advisers embedded in the Iraqi army.

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