IS claims attack on Iraqi training camp north of Baghdad

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But the military operations have come at a high cost to the Iraqi population.

At least six soldiers were killed and around fifteen others were injured in an attack on a military base in eastern Iraq on Monday morning.

Muzher al-Azawi, an army commander, said the attack had been carried out by four suicide bombers, who were all killed in clashes with forces at the base.

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At least seven Daesh terrorists in western Mosul have been killed in an airstrike by a US -led coalition, an Iraqi army officer said Monday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency. The Iraqi officers said five attackers detonated suicide vests once inside the centre and by afternoon the situation was "under control", but five Iraqi military vehicles were torched by the blasts.

Although this federation of fighters had largely remained dormant in the siege on the city, it fought numerous battles outside the Kurdistan region and were key to the victories of the Iraqi security forces against ISIS.

The Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement says hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced amid the military operation to drive ISIS terrorists out of western Mosul.

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Iraqi forces, backed by a USA -led coalition, officially launched the operation to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city, in October. The Old City is the site of the Great Mosque, where the Islamic State's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared a "caliphate" in 2014 across parts of Iraq and Syria.

The Kirkush base houses U.S. military personnel training Iraqi troops, Iraqi media reported.

Over the past few weeks, government forces have retaken several neighbourhoods in western Mosul, squeezing the Islamic State hardliners into small-but-densely populated parts of the city.

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