Forces re­pel at­tacks by Is­lamic State

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Gov­ern­ment forces and Shi­ite mili­ti­a­men re­pelled two Is­lamic State group at­tacks in An­bar prov­ince on Satur­day, of­fi­cials said.

Po­lice and mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said Is­lamic State fighters at­tacked the gov­ern­ment-held town of Hus­seiba with heavy mor­tar fire early Satur­day. They said the at­tack­ers re­treated af­ter an hours-long battle, leav­ing be­hind three de­stroyed ve­hi­cles and five dead fighters. At least 10 troops and mili­ti­a­men were wounded.

Iraqi forces took Hus­seiba, near the mil­i­tant-held pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal of Ra­madi, from the Is­lamic State last month.

The of­fi­cials said that else­where in An­bar prov­ince, Iraqi troops us­ing Rus­sian anti-tank Kor­net mis­siles de­stroyed four in­com­ing sui­cide car bombs dur­ing an Is­lamic State attack in the Tharthar area.

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