People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Sadr City, August 1, 2014. (REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili)
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Islamic State fighters killed 16 Kurdish troops in attacks in northern Iraq, while 30 pro-government forces died battling the jihadists on other frontlines, officials said Saturday.The jihadist fighters "attacked a peshmerga post in Zumar (Friday) and a fierce battle erupted," an official in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan told AFP.He said 14 peshmerga fighters were killed there, a toll confirmed by a senior officer in the Kurdish force. The officer said the Kurdish troops temporarily pulled back to allow the Iraqi air force to bomb jihadist positions both in Zumar and near the border post.Another seven soldiers were wounded during a subsequent government operation against jihadist fighters in Jurf al-Sakhr, Al-Hamya and Latifiya, the sources said, claiming 37 Islamic State fighters were killed.
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