Iraq recaptures village from Islamic State after surprise assault

Iraqi forces recaptured a northern village from Islamic State on Friday, hours after the extremist militia seized it in a surprise counter-attack, a local security official said.

The forces, backed by helicopters, dislodged Islamic State militants from the village of Abu Dalf in the northern province of Salah al-Din, the official added.

Eight government troops, including two senior officers, were killed in the fighting.

"Six Daesh elements were also killed," the official added, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

"The situation is completely under security forces' control," he added.

Islamic State has been carrying out a string of counter-attacks in different parts of Iraq in an attempt to hamper a US-backed military campaign to drive the extremist militia from its key stronghold of Mosul.

Fighters from Islamic State overran Abu Dalf following a major dawn attack and seized some government facilities, including a police station there.

A suicide bomber from Islamic State also blew himself up at a government military meeting in the area, killing three and injuring nine, an Iraqi security official said earlier Friday.

Iraqi forces, backed by US-led air power, are pressing ahead with the campaign launched in mid-October to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, which has been under Islamic State control since mid-2014.

Last update: Fri, 06/01/2017 - 11:37

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