Car bombs driven by for­eign­ers tar­gets Iraq-Jor­dan bor­der out­post

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY SI­NAN SALA­HED­DIN AND SAMEER N. YA­COUB

Three sui­cide car bombs driven by for­eign­ers tar­geted the re­mote desert bor­der cross­ing be­tween Iraq and Jor­dan Satur­day killing at least four Iraqi sol­diers, said Iraqi of­fi­cials.

The attack was im­me­di­ately claimed by the rad­i­cal Is­lamic State group on its twit­ter ac­count, which said the attack was per­pe­trated by Bel­gian, French and Sene­galese mil­i­tants and claimed a much higher death toll.

The state­ment, which was trans- lated by the U.S.-based SITE In­tel­li­gence Group, said the men tar­geted the dining fa­cil­ity, an army pa­trol and the bor­der cross­ing it­self. Pic­tures of the al­leged French and Bel­gian bombers sug­gest they were of Mid­dle Eastern ori­gin.

Sabah Karhout, head of the lo­cal coun­cil of the Tre­bill cross­ing area, said three sol­diers were killed along with Capt. Salah alDu­laimi, the head of the bor­der post’s pro­tec­tion force.

Twelve Iraqis were taken across the bor­der and treated for their wounds, said a Jor­da­nian of­fi­cial who spoke on con­di­tion of ano- nymity be­cause he is not au­tho­rized to speak to the me­dia.

The attack came as there was fierce fight­ing on the other side of An­bar prov­ince north of the IS­con­trolled city of Fal­lu­jah af­ter an am­bush Fri­day killed an Iraqi gen­eral and staff of­fi­cers.

Mil­i­tants launched a com­plex attack on Fri­day in­volv­ing a bull­dozer packed with ex­plo­sives against a con­voy as it ap­proached an army camp, killing Iraqi 1st Di­vi­sion com­man­der Brig. Gen. Has­san Ab­bas To­ufan and three staff of­fi­cers in the Nad­hem al-Taqseem re­gion south of Lake Tharthar.

Ten sol­diers also were killed and a dozen wounded in the attack which also tar­geted the nearby bat­tal­ion head­quar­ters, said Lt. Gen. Mo­hammed Kha­laf al-Du­laimi of the An­bar op­er­a­tions com­mand.

Res­i­dents of Fal­lu­jah said that Is­lamic State mil­i­tants pa­raded an of­fi­cer and three sol­diers al­legedly cap­tured in the fight­ing through the streets in a pickup truck on Satur­day. They spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Troops, in­clud­ing tanks, have been rushed to the area and were fight­ing Satur­day in this ru­ral re- gion dot­ted with small vil­lages.

Last year, the Is­lamic State over­ran large sec­tions of the coun­try. In re­cent months, the Iraqi army, backed by the Popular Mo­bi­liza­tion Units of Shi­ite and Sunni mili­tia fighters, has been grad­u­ally re­tak­ing ter­ri­tory.

In other vi­o­lence Satur­day, a bomb ex­ploded near an out­door mar­ket in Bagh­dad’s south­east­ern Jisr Diyala sub­urb, killing four peo­ple and wound­ing 11, po­lice and hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials said. They spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to speak to jour­nal­ists.

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