Iraq deploys special forces after major Daesh attack

11:47, 29 February 2016
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Iraqi authorities have deployed special forces around Baghdad following a "rare" attack by Daesh terrorists in the Iraqi capital, a senior Iraqi officer told Anadolu Agency.


Brigadier-General Sabah al-Waeli said anti-terror special forces have been deployed in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport and the western part of the Iraqi capital, Anadolu Agency reported.

"Snipers and mobile checkpoints have also been deployed to check on the identity of the passers-by," al-Waeli said.

The deployments came shortly after Daesh launched a brazen attack in the city of Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, which left 12 Iraqi troops dead.

On Sunday, Daesh also claimed twin bombings in Baghdad's Shia district of Sadr City, which killed at least 65 people and injured dozens.

In another development, four pro-government tribesmen were killed in clashes with Daesh terrorists in the western province of Anbar.

Army officer Walid al-Dulaimi told Anadolu Agency that Daesh terrorists attacked a factory used as a base for Iraqi army forces and allied tribesmen in eastern Ramadi.

"Four tribesmen were killed and six others injured in ensuing clashes between tribesmen and Daesh terrorists," he said.

According to al-Dulaimi, 16 Daesh terrorists were also killed in the clashes.

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