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Iraqi Army Battles Al Qaeda-Linked Militants

Six ISIL militants killed and 15 arrested, Iraq says.
Image: A member of Iraqi security forces fires a cannon during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Jurf al-Sakhar
A member of Iraqi security forces fires a cannon during clashes with the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad, March 19, 2014. Reuters

Clashes erupted between Iraqi security forces and al Qaeda-linked militants south of Baghdad on Wednesday. Six militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were killed and 15 more arrested in Jurf al-Sakhar, according to an Iraqi Army officer.

Iraqi security forces in Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad, on March 19, 2014.Alaa Al-Marjani / Reuters

Since late December, Iraq's western cities have seen fierce clashes pitting government security forces and their tribal Sunni militia allies against ISIL militants and other insurgent groups.

The United States delivered 100 Hellfire missiles, along with assault rifles and ammunition to Iraq earlier this month to bolster the country's security forces.

Suspected ISIL militants detained by Iraqi security forces in Jurf al-Sakhar on March 19.Alaa Al-Marjani / Reuters

— Reuters, The Associated Press