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IS attack on Iraq police trainees near Tikrit kills at least 12

However, CNN has reported 10 vehicles packed with explosives attacked the base killing three Iraqi soldiers and wounding 17.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the militant group which controls swaths of Iraq’s north and west, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

In the document, the militants said it targeted “trainers from the rejectionist army”, a term used by the Sunni insurgents to describe Shiite Muslims.

Fierce clashes between Iraqi government forces and Islamic State militants continue days the after the provincial capital was recaptured from the militants in a victory, hailed as a turning point by the Iraqi government.

Iraq is gripped by a sectarian divide between its Shiite majority and its Sunni minority.

More than a dozen Iraqi government troopers have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when a series of bomb explosions ripped through an air base in Iraq’s strategic northern province of Salahuddin. Osama Sami/AP Iraqi forces celebrate and honor after taking ground in Ramadi, Iraq, late last month.

The target was a police force from Nineveh, the northern province of which Mosul is the capital, that was undergoing training at the Speicher military base, a spokesman and a police officer told AFP.

The attack was the biggest launched by ISIS against Iraqi forces since Ramadi’s recapture.

Ramadi, in Anbar province, about 110 kilometers (70 miles) from Baghdad, fell to ISIS in May, a major setback in the country’s effort to contain the terror group.

One of those killed was Abdul Qader Hakim, who facilitated the militants’ external operations and had links to the Paris attack network, Warren said. During his visit to a military base in Jordan, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said French air forces executed Friday air raids against oil facilities seized by IS in Syria near Raqqa, the stronghold of the militant group.

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