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Jihadists kill 23 in fighting south of Baghdad: Army

Published on Aug 2, 2014 7:50 PM
Shi'ite volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), sit together during training in Baghdad, July 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HILLA, Iraq (AFP) - Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist fighters killed at least 23 Iraqi soldiers and members of allied Shiite militia in a flashpoint area south of Baghdad, army sources said on Saturday.

ISIS militants firing salvos of mortar rounds began attacking the town of Jurf al-Sakhr late Friday, killing 11 soldiers and 12 members of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, an officer and army medic said.

Another seven soldiers were wounded during a subsequent government operation against jihadist fighters in Jurf al-Sakhr, Al-Hamya and Latifiya, the sources said.