Iraq tribal leader: strike kills 19 pro-government fighters

October 5, 2016 6:29 PM

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BAGHDAD – An Iraqi tribal leader says an airstrike has killed 19 pro-government tribal Sunni fighters south of the town of Mosul, which is held by the Islamic State group.

Sheikh Nazhan al-Lihaibi says the airstrike took place at 2 a.m. Wednesday, following hours of clashes between pro-government forces and IS militants in the Haj Ali area.

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