Middle East

Iraq army kills 17 in anti-jihadist raid

Sunni worshippers exchange greetings after Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan at a Sunni mosque in Baghdad July 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)

HILLA, Iraq: An Iraqi government raid on jihadist targets in a flashpoint town southwest of Baghdad killed 17 people Monday, including at least three civilians, medical and tribal sources said.

"Bombardment targeted the Fadhiyya district at 1 a.m.," Sheikh Mohammad al-Janabi, a tribal chief from Jurf al-Sakhr, a town 60 kilometers from Baghdad, told AFP.

An army source confirmed the attack and a hospital source said that 17 people were killed, among them three civilians.





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