“Ninety percent of al-Baghdadi district has fallen under the control of the insurgents,” district manager Naji Arak said. (Reuters, 12 February)
ISIL fighters attacked al-Baghdadi from two directions earlier today and later advanced on the town.
The insurgents are now only five kilometers from Ain al-Asad airbase, where U.S. marines are training members of the Iraqi Army 7th Division. Pentagon spokeswoman Elissa Smith confirmed the fighting at al-Baghdadi, but said the airbase did not come under direct fire. She added there were reports of ineffective indirect fire in the vicinity of the base.
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