- Many others reportedly injured
Officials have confirmed Islamic State fighters killed 16 Iraqi soldiers in an attack on a western border crossing with Syria on Monday. The release noted that four other Iraqi soldiers were wounded in the attack on the al-Waleed border crossing and were taken across the border for treatment in Syria.
Eyewitnesses in the Islamic State-controlled town of Rutba, claimed the fighters seized guns and vehicles and brought them back to Rutba, firing guns in celebration as they arrived. The border crossing and the town of Rutba are both in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, a Sunni Muslim region where Islamic State had a strong presence even before it swept through Mosul and much of northern Iraq toward Baghdad in June.
A month ago Islamic State fighters killed hundreds of members of the Albu Nimr tribe, which had opposed them in the province.
Extracted and modified from Yahoo News