Gunmen, suicide bombers target border guards deployed in Iraq’s western Anbar province
At least 15 Iraqi border guards, including two officers, were killed Friday morning in an attack by the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq’s western Anbar province, according to a military source like reported by aa.com.tr.
Daesh gunmen and suicide bombers targeted a border guards HQ near Anbar’s Trebil border crossing with Jordan, Army Colonel Walid al-Deleimi told Anadolu Agency.
Al-Deleimi said that reinforcements — including army troops and border guards — had since been dispatched to the area to help repel the attack.
War-torn Iraq has suffered from a devastating security vacuum since June 2014, when Daesh overran vast swathes of territory, including the northern city of Mosul.
Last October, the Iraqi army — backed by a U.S.-led air coalition and local allies on the ground — launched a wide-ranging offensive aimed at recapturing Mosul, once considered Iraq’s second most populous city.