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Daesh terrorists raid western Iraqi city, kill six

This image shows smoke rising to the sky during a military operation against Daesh near Amriyat Fallujah, west of the capital, Baghdad, in Anbar Province, May 5, 2016. (By AFP)

Takfiri Daesh terrorists have launched attacks in a town in Iraq’s western Anbar Province, killing at least six people.

The police chief of the town of Amriyat Fallujah, Col. Ali al-Issawi, said on Saturday that the victims — a civilian and five security forces — were killed when 14 Daesh militants launched coordinated raids at military, government and residential buildings in the town.

Al-Issawi said five of the attackers blew themselves up while clashing with security forces, and nine others who had been holed up inside buildings were later killed by security forces.

He added that another 18 people were wounded in the attacks.

Earlier accounts by Iraqi security officials had reported fewer bombers, and the civilian death toll had been reported higher.

Iraqi pro-government forces flash the V-sign as they take part in a military operation against Daesh near Amriyat Fallujah, west of the capital, Baghdad, in Anbar Province, May 5, 2016.  (Photo by AFP)

Large swathes of territory in western and northern Iraq have been under the control of Daesh since being overrun by the Takfiris in the summer of 2014.

The government-controlled town of Amriyat Fallujah is located 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Fallujah, itself a Daesh bastion in Anbar.

Iraq’s regular army troops as well as Popular Mobilization units are engaged in operations to liberate the city.

Iraqi forces have been making steady progress in western Iraq this year, retaking full control of Anbar Province’s capital city, Ramadi, and liberating territories in several regions of the province.

Another Daesh stronghold is Mosul, the capital of Nineveh Province and the country’s second largest city, which is located in northern Iraq.

The liberation of the strategic town of Fallujah would pave the way for the Iraqi leadership’s long-anticipated offensive against Daesh in Mosul.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has pledged to put an end to the Daesh terrorist campaign by 2016.

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