ISIL suicide attacks leave at least 17 Iraqi soldiers dead

Re-blog from the Canadian National Post. ISIS steps up suicide and car-bomb attacks near Falluja.

National Post

BAGHDAD — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant unleashed a wave of suicide attacks targeting the Iraqi army in western Anbar province, killing at least 17 troops in a major blow to government efforts to dislodge the extremists from the sprawling Sunni heartland, an Iraqi military spokesman said Wednesday.

The attacks came just hours after the Iraqi government on Tuesday announced the start of a wide-scale operation to recapture areas under the control of ISIL in Anbar.

Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim, the spokesman for the Joint Military Command, told The Associated Press the attacks took place outside the ISIL-held city of Fallujah late Tuesday night.

The extremists struck near a water control station and a lock system on a canal between Lake Tharthar and the Euphrates River where army forces have been deployed for the Anbar offensive, he said.

Ibrahim added that the extremists used a sandstorm that…

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