Iraq repels ISIS attack on Abu Ghraib suburb

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces arrest a suspected militant during a raid operation in Abu Ghraib district, west of Baghdad, February 24, 2014. Picture taken February 24, 2014.

Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces arrest a suspected militant during a raid operation in Abu Ghraib district, west of Baghdad, February 24, 2014. Picture taken February 24, 2014.


Iraqi security forces repelled an attack by ISIS militants on the capital’s western suburb of Abu Ghraib on Sunday, officials said.

Three suicide car bombers struck a security force barracks as gunmen opened fire, according to two police officers. At least eight government and paramilitary forces were killed and 22 wounded, they added. The clashes left a silo on fire, they said.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

The commander of military operations in western Baghdad, Maj. Gen Saad Harbiya, said the situation is “under control” and a local curfew has been imposed.

Abu Ghraib, about 18 miles from downtown Baghdad, is the location of a prison of the same name where U.S. troops committed notorious abuses against Iraqi detainees following the 2003 invasion.

It is halfway between Baghdad and Fallujah, which is controlled by ISIS . Security forces prevented ISIS from seizing Abu Ghraib when the extremists swept across northern and western Iraq in the summer of 2014.


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