Iraqi troops, militias repel ISIS in Anbar

2015-06-06 20:22
ISIS parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armoured vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. (File, AP)

ISIS parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armoured vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq. (File, AP)

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Baghdad - Government forces and Shi'ite militiamen repelled two ISIS attacks in Anbar province on Saturday, officials said. In one attack, they used anti-tank missiles to stop four would-be suicide car bombers.

Police and military officials said ISIS fighters attacked the government-held town of Husseiba with heavy mortar fire early Saturday. They say 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 in the clash.

Iraqi forces took Husseiba, near the militant-held provincial capital of Ramadi, from the ISIS group 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 IS attack in the Tharthar area. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to reporters.

Iraqi forces, backed by Shi'ite militias, have been struggling to recapture areas lost to the ISIS group in the country's west and north. Last month the militant group scored a stunning victory, overrunning Ramadi and capturing large amounts of ammunition and armored vehicles from fleeing government troops.

In the aftermath of the Ramadi defeat, Iraqi officials have stepped up calls for more weapons and more direct support from the US and the international community.

During an international conference in Paris this week on the fight against the Islamic State group, a senior US official pledged to make it easier to get weapons, including US anti-tank rockets, to the Iraqi soldiers that need them.

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