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Daesh kills seven Iraqi border guards near Jordan

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iraqi government forces gather on the highway between the city of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar Province, and the town of Rutba as they prepare to take part in an operation to retake Rutba from Daesh, May 16, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Terrorists with the Takfiri group of Daesh have killed seven Iraqi border guards and injured 17 others in the western Anbar Province close to the border with Jordan.

Reporting on Tuesday, the Kurdish media network Rudaw said the fatalities were caused after the militants struck a battalion of the guards west of the provincial capital of Ramadi.

A number of the terrorists were themselves killed in ensuing clashes, while others fled to the desert after fighting intensified.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since Daesh terrorists mounted a large-scale offensive in the country in June 2014.

Separately, Iraqi Peshmerga fighters thwarted a Daesh attack against the town of Sinjar in the neighboring Nineveh Province, killing 60 of the terrorists. Some 120 militants had partaken in the strike. Five Kurdish fighters were injured in the counter-attack.

The town came under Daesh control in August 2014. Backed by airstrikes, Kurdish forces and allied militia fighters liberated the town last November.

A Kurdish fighter flashes the victory sign in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, in Nineveh Province, November 13, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

The group also has a presence in neighboring Syria, where Syrian government forces are pushing it out of much of the areas it has overrun.

Troops nearing Mosul

Security forces in Syria and Iraq are closing in on the cities of Raqqa and Mosul, Daesh’s so-called headquarters in the respective countries.

Also on Tuesday, Iraq’s war media said the country’s army troops had retaken the al-Qayyarah district to the south of Mosul from the terror group.

The operation to liberate al-Qayyarah has so far led to the liberation of 12 villages and resulted in the death of the group’s military commander in the district as well as a number of other Takfiri elements.

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