Members of the Islamic State group killed at least 50 Iraqi soldiers. The majority of them were ambushed in the Anbar province in two separate attacks. The deaths were confirmed by a top official minutes ago.
Sabah al-Karhout, a top official in the province, told the Associated Press the ambushes happened late yesterday near Ramadi. He did not give out any more details on the attack. The group has not claimed responsibility and authorities have not spoken about it.
The group controls most of the area, including the provincial capital, Ramadi, and Fallujah. The area has seen a number of clashes between the group and government forces joined by Shiite militiamen, who are trying to take back the cities and towns. Government forces and Shiite have not had the same success as in other areas and have been making slow progress. The two have been facing pressure from the group in the oil refinery town of Beiji, which was taken back from the group last year.