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Clashes between Iraqi forces and Islamic State leave at least 7 dead

AFP — Iraqi security forces clash with the Islamic State group north of Baghdad, leaving at least five jihadists and two security personnel dead.

A joint force of army troops and state-sponsored tribal fighters raided an IS hideout in the leafy plains of Tarmiyah, according to a statement from the military.

“We had learnt that IS was holding a meeting there to plan for attacks on the capital Baghdad,” Ahmad Salim, head of the Baghdad Operations Command, says near the site of the fighting.

Ensuing clashes kill five IS fighters and two tribal pro-government forces, the military statement says.

The new raid comes nearly one month to the day after twin suicide bombers killed more than 30 people in the packed Tayaran Square, the bloodiest such attack in Baghdad in three years.

Security sources said the two jihadists had infiltrated the city from the north.

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