Us bombs iraqi town report says militants in #IS ‘determined to inflict maximum damage on this city’ https://t.co/B4hjVxFwfN — CNN Belief (@cnnbelief) January 3, 2017
More than half of the town’s 300,000 people are Shia Muslims, who made up nearly 40 percent of Iraq’s popula여수출장안마tion in 2013, when IS militants seized huge swaths of Iraq after launching 포커a brutal Sunni-Shia sectarian war.
Fighter jets, drones and armored vehicles are now part of the campaign to dislodge them. The U.S.-led coalition has deployed thousands of troops, but IS has been able to hold on to territory across north and west Iraq.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says IS is planning to launch a lightning offensive on Iraqi forces.
At least 15 civilians in경주출장샵 Baiji killed and over 60 wounded when Islamic State militants attacked Iraqi security forces who tried to stop its advance, the Observatory said.