4 militants killed in Iraq's Ramadi

No casualties were reported among government forces or tribesmen

No casualties were reported among government forces or tribesmen

RAMADI, Iraq – Four militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) were killed in clashes with Iraqi security forces in the western Ramadi city, a police chief said Friday.

The fatalities occurred when government forces and tribesmen confronted ISIL militants in the eastern Albo Obaid district, Maj. Gen. Ismail al-Mahalawi told Anadolu Agency.

No casualties were reported among government forces or tribesmen.

The army has waged a major offensive in the Sunni-majority Anbar province since last December with the stated aim of flushing militants – who Baghdad claims are linked to Al-Qaeda – from the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.

Many local Sunni tribes opposed to Iraq's Shiite-dominated government, meanwhile, continue to voice anger over the army operation's mounting civilian death toll.

Since the offensive began late last year, hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured in Ramadi and Fallujah, according to government officials.

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