Iraqi army, militia repel Islamic State attack on dam north of Baghdad: sources

February 15, 2015 1:32 PM

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite Muslim militias repelled an early morning assault by Islamic State insurgents on a dam area north of Baghdad, security sources and a local official said on Sunday.

Fighters from the ultra-radical Islamist group attacked pro-government forces deployed around the dam on the Euphrates River near the town of al-Udhaim, about 90 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, in the early morning.

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