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Iraq forces find burned bodies of 12 police in recaptured town

Iraqi policemen stand guard on a street in the central Shiite Muslim shrine city of Najaf on June 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / HAIDER HAMDANI

BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces found the burned bodies of 12 policemen when they recaptured a town north of Baghdad from militants Saturday, a police colonel and a doctor said.

Troops backed by tribal militia recaptured Ishaqi in Salaheddin province as they readied a fightback against the offensive that saw Sunni Arab militants overrun a large chunk of northern and north-central Iraq this week.

It was one of the closest points to the capital that the militants had reached in the assault they launched in second city Mosul late Monday.

 

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