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36 ISIL militants killed near Baghdad

THE LEVANT – The Iraqi army has killed 36 “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) elements in operations around Baghdad this week, the Ministry of Defense said Wednesday (August 20th).

“The army forces earlier this week clashed with three armed groups in Abu Ghraib, al-Yusufiyyah and al-Taji in western, southern and northern Baghdad,” ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Askari told Al-Shorfa.

“They also raided industrial buildings and workshops and agricultural areas based on intelligence,” he said.

Seven foreign fighters were among those killed, he said, and 11 others were arrested.

The army forces also seized weapons and explosives following the confrontations, he said.

“In addition, 13 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been dismantled and four surface-to-air missiles have been seized,” he said.

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