Islamic State attacks Iraq’s Ramadi with seven coordinated car bombs

Islamic State fighters in Ramadi

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant launched a coordinated attack on government-held areas of the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Wednesday, involving seven almost simultaneous suicide car bombs, police said.

ramadi3_3227830cAt least 10 people were killed and 30 wounded in the attack, according to initial reports by police and hospital sources in the city, capital of Anbar province.

Isil also launched a major offensive on Wednesday to try to capture a strategic town on the Syrian-Turkish border, sparking fierce clashes with Kurdish militia, a monitor said.

“Fighters from the Islamic State group started a huge assault towards Ras al-Ain, and were able to take over a village nearby,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Ras al-Ain, in Hasakeh province, was the scene of major fighting in 2013 before Kurdish forces ousted rebels and al-Qaeda-linked jihadists from the town, which has a border crossing with Ceylanpinar in Turkey…