IS am­bushes Iraqi cops

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

IR­BIL: Dozens of Is­lamic State mil­i­tants wear­ing sui­cide vests pen­e­trated Iraqi po­lice lines in Mo­sul yes­ter­day, re­tak­ing ground in a large-scale coun­ter­at­tack and send­ing res­i­dents flee­ing.

Start­ing at about 3am, the mil­i­tants launched seven car bombs at the front lines south of the Old City, their last re­main­ing foothold, said Lieu­tenant-Colonel Hus­sein al-Lami, a fed­eral po­lice com­man­der. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously 25 fight­ers wear­ing sui­cide vests at­tacked them from be­hind their lines. The mil­i­tants had sneaked down the Ti­gris River and at­tacked with the as­sis­tance of “sleeper cells”.

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