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IS Attack in Anbar Kills 23

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FILE - A member of the allied Iraqi forces, which consists of the Iraqi army and fighters from the Popular Mobilization units, guards a lookout point during clashes with Islamic State fighters on the outskirts of Fallujah, in Iraq's Anbar province, Aug. 13, 2015

FILE - A member of the allied Iraqi forces, which consists of the Iraqi army and fighters from the Popular Mobilization units, guards a lookout point during clashes with Islamic State fighters on the outskirts of Fallujah, in Iraq's Anbar province, Aug. 13, 2015

At least 23 Iraqi soldiers and militiamen have been killed in an attack by Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to police and military officials.

The Associated Press reports the dead include 17 soldiers and six militia fighters who were working with troops to push back the militant group.

Sunday's attack in the rural district of Jaramshah, north of the Anbar provincial capital of Ramadi, follows two IS ambushes in Anbar on Friday that left at least 50 Iraqi soldiers dead.

Islamic State militants overran Ramadi in May. They are battling a coalition of army troops and militiamen as well as US-led airstrikes, as they try to gain more territory in Iraq and Syria.

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