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29 ISIL gunmen killed in Diyala

THE LEVANT – Twenty-nine “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) gunmen have been killed in on-going battles with the Iraqi army to retake villages and towns on the border with Amerli, Diyala province, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence said Friday.

“Since Thursday, the army has killed 29 ISIL gunmen and destroyed three vehicles loaded with machine guns during an operation to recapture villages and towns from the terrorist group,” Diyala army commander Lt. Gen. Abdul Ameer al-Zaidi said at a press conference

The army has freed al-Safra, al-Wihda and al-Majara villages in the Himreen Mountains and is advancing on Amerli in an effort to break ISIL’s siege on the city, al-Zaidi added.

ISIL has not yet stormed Amerli due to fierce resistance on the part of residents and the security forces, he said.

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