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Iraqi Official Wounded In Attack In Anbar


A senior Iraqi provincial official has been wounded in a mortar attack by Islamic State (IS) militants in the western Anbar Province.

Local officials in the Humeira area south of Anbar's capital city, Ramadi, said Falih al-Issawi was injured on September 10 as he inspected troops fighting against the IS group.

Issawi, the deputy head of Anbar's provincial council, was taken back to a military base after the incident.

Ramadi was overrun by insurgents in May.

Despite a pledge by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to retake Ramadi "within days" of its capture by IS, Iraqi security forces have moved slowly in regaining territory in Anbar, most of which is controlled by IS militants.

Fierce fighting between Iraqi forces and IS gunmen is also going on in and around the northern refinery city of Baiji.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Ynetnews.com
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