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Jihadists kill 23 in fighting south of Baghdad: Army

HILLA (Iraq): Islamic State jihadist fighters killed at least 23 Iraqi soldiers and members of allied Shia militia in a flashpoint area south of Baghdad, army sources said on Saturday.

IS militants firing salvos of mortar rounds began attacking the town of Jurf al-Sakhr late on Friday, killing 11 soldiers and 12 members of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, an officer and army medic said.

Another seven soldiers were wounded during a subsequent government operation against jihadist fighters in Jurf al-Sakhr, Al-Hamya and Latifiya, the sources said.

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