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ISIS Attacks Air Base While Wearing Iraqi Military Uniforms

Feb 14, 2015

ISIS militants donning Iraqi uniforms attacked a military base in Iraq housing U.S. advisers on Friday, but the Iraqi military largely repelled the attack. No U.S. or Iraqi service members were reported killed.

The assault was one of the most brazen in recent weeks by ISIS fighters. According to the Wall Street Journal, an initial wave of fighters attacked the base in suicide vests, followed by a second set of militants firing rockets and mortars.

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Earlier this week, ISIS fighters captured al-Baghdadi, a town near the air base, which holds roughly 300 U.S. Marines.

ISIS has targeted the base for several months with mortar fire, which U.S. officials describe as largely ineffective. The U.S. military is training Iraqi troops and Sunni tribal members to fight ISIS at the base, according to ABC News.

Syrians Dig Out After Deadly Attack on Rebel Stronghold

People walk on rubble as others try to put out a fire after what activists said were airstrikes followed by shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Feb. 9, 2015.
People walk on rubble as others try to put out a fire after what activists said were airstrikes followed by shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Feb. 9, 2015.Mohammed Badra—Reuters
People walk on rubble as others try to put out a fire after what activists said were airstrikes followed by shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Feb. 9, 2015.
People try to put out a fire after what activists said were airstrikes followed by shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Feb, 9, 2015.
A Syrian man walks amid debris inside a heavily damaged building following reported air strikes by regime forces in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, on Feb. 9, 2015.
People inspect a site hit by what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Feb. 9, 2015.
A Syrian girl holds the leg of her injured father as they wait for treatment at a clinic in in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, following reported air strikes by regime forces on Feb. 9, 2015.
An injured civilian sits inside a shelter as he waits to receive medical assistance after what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Feb. 9, 2015.
People walk on rubble as others try to put out a fire after what activists said were airstrikes followed by shelling by
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