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18 Iraqi soldiers killed in IS suicide attack

Sumel Sarker

Iraqi security forces and paramilitaries deploy, on May 26, 2015, in al-Nibaie area, north-west of Baghdad, during an operation aimed at cutting off Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Anbar province before a major offensive to retake the city of Ramadi. Iraqi forces closed in on Ramadi and launched the operation dubbed Labaik ya Hussein", which roughly translates as "We are at your service, Hussein" and refers to one of the most revered imams in Shiite Islam. It will see a mix of security forces and paramilitaries move south towards the city from Salaheddin province, said Hashed al-Shaabi ("popular mobilisation" in Arabic) spokesman Ahmed al-Assadi. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

18 Iraqi soldiers killed in IS suicide attack

03 February 2015, Nirapad News: Fighters from the Islamic State (IS) of Iraq and Syria group killed 18 Iraqi soldiers in a suicide car attack north of Ramadi, continuing their counter-assault after being driven from the city by Iraqi Security Forces last month.

Military sources told Al Jazeera that Tuesday morning’s attack took place in the town of Al-Bu Dhiaab, just a few kilometers north of Anbar province’s capital.

Three IS suicide bombers attempted to attack members of the 39th brigade of the 10th army division, but two of their vehicles were demolished by anti-tank missiles, the military sources said.

The third bomber, however, managed to make his way to the gate of the army’s headquarters and detonate the explosives, killing at least 18 soldiers.

‘This is a major blow for the Iraqi Security Force. The north of Ramadi was supposed to be secure,’ said Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad.

Khan said that it was too early to say that IS’s recent attacks against Iraqi forces around Ramadi could be labeled a ‘resurgence’.

‘What we do know is that IS is able to mount attacks because they are a lot more nimble,’ he said.

The Iraqi army declared Ramadi liberated in early January after a major offensive reclaimed government offices in the city centre.

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