Clashes between Iraqi army and militants leaves 15 dead

The Iraqi army and security forces along with Kurdish peshmerga forces are battling Sunni militant rebels

The Iraqi army and security forces along with Kurdish peshmerga forces are battling Sunni militant rebels

BAGHDAD - At least 15 people, including a woman and four children, have been killed in Fallujah, Iraq, as the army fights militants from the Islamic State.

Wissam al-Issawi, a spokesman for Fallujah State Hospital, said Thursday that a further 15 were injured. He did not specify how many of the casualties were civilians.

Meanwhile, in Tikrit, 20 members of the IS were killed by air strikes, Iraqi police said. The Iraqi military are preparing to retake the city, captured by the militant group on June 11, government officials said on condition of anonymity.

The Iraqi army and security forces are battling the IS to the west and north of Baghdad while Kurdish forces are engaging the militants in the north, near Erbil.

More than a million civilians have been displaced by IS advances since June.

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