Iraqi forces thwarted a large-scale "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) attack targeting military barracks in the Kilo 160 area of western Anbar, a senior military commander said Thursday (May 4th).
"ISIS launched a large-scale attack using vehicles packed with explosives driven by suicide bombers on the headquarters of the Iraqi army’s 10th Division, 1st Regiment," Anbar Operations commander Maj. Gen. Mahmoud al-Falahi told Diyaruna.
The attack was repelled and three vehicles packed with explosives were destroyed using heat-seeking rockets before they could reach their target, he said.
"Eleven gunmen were killed while the others fled deep into the desert on the Syria border," he said.
"Iraqi forces are now chasing them," he said, adding that they also seized an oil tanker containing some 40,000 litres of petrol and an ISIS weapons cache.