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Islamic State Fighters Kill Iraqi Border Guards In Anbar

At least 16 Iraqi border guards were killed by Islamic State (IS) militants in an early morning attack near the Syrian border.

Falih al-Issawi, the deputy head of the Anbar's provincial council, said the incident occurred in Al-Walid and that four other guards were wounded.

But he said the Al-Walid crossing -- which is some 500 kilometers from Baghdad -- was not taken by the IS fighters during the attack.

Several parts of Anbar Province have been controlled by IS forces since January when Fallujah and Ramadi were attacked.

A second offensive by IS militants in June took large parts of northern Iraq, including Mosul, Iraqi's second-largest city.

But Iraqi government troops and Kurdish Peshmerga forces aided by U.S.-led air strikes have retaken several key towns and areas from IS militants.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi sacked 24 Interior Ministry officials as part of a restructuring.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Al-Jazeera