US: Islamic State fighters killed by Iraqi forces

Al-Asad air base in Anbar province

WASHINGTON (AP) — Islamic State fighters led a suicide attack on an air base where U.S. and coalition troops are training Iraqi forces after taking a nearby town, the first territorial gain by the militant group in months, the Pentagon said Friday.

Most of the Islamic State fighters died in the attack, killed either by Iraqi government forces or by detonating their suicide vests, said Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman.

Kirby said an estimated 20-25 Islamic State militants were involved in the attack on al-Asad air base in Iraq’s Anbar province. He said the attack was led by “at least several” suicide bombers, some of whom managed to detonate their bombs and others were killed by Iraqi troops.

“Early indications are that yes, some of them did detonate their vests, detonate themselves,” he said. “And then they were followed by roughly something on the order of 15 or so other fighters.”

It appeared that most, if not all, of the militants were wearing Iraqi uniforms, Kirby said…

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