IS seizes Iraq town near base housing US forces: Pentagon

February 14, 2015 3:17 AM

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WASHINGTON: Islamic State jihadists have captured the western Iraqi town of Al-Baghdadi, putting them close to an air base where US troops are training Iraqi forces, the US military said Friday.

The sprawling Al-Asad air base came under attack on Friday by IS militants but Iraqi soldiers repelled the assault, which involved suicide bombers, Iraqi and US officials said.

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