Middle East

Iraq: 7 border guards killed in Daesh attack

The attack left 17 border guards injured

Iraq: 7 border guards killed in Daesh attack Peshmerga forces are seen as the operations against Daesh terrorists continue to retake Iraq's Mosul from the terrorist organization Daesh, in Al Kayyarah town in Nineveh's Mosul, Iraq on August 15, 2016. ( Hamit Hüseyin - Anadolu Agency )

By Suleiman al-Qubaisi


At least seven Iraqi border guards were killed and 17 others injured in a Daesh attack in the western Anbar province on Tuesday, according to an army officer.

Daesh militants attacked a headquarters of Iraqi border guards on the road linking the Ratba city to the border Trebil crossing with Jordan, Col. Walid al-Duleimi told Anadolu Agency.

“Seven border guards were killed and 17 injured in ensuing clashes with Daesh militants,” he said.

According to al-Duleimi, a number of Daesh militants were killed in the attack.

Iraq has suffered a devastating security vacuum since mid-2014, when Daesh captured Mosul along with vast swathes of territory in the country’s northern and western regions.

While the Iraqi army, backed by its allies on the ground and U.S.-led airstrikes, has since managed to retake much lost territory, Daesh remains in firm control of several parts of the country, including Mosul.

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