Friday, February 13, 2015
Islamic State takes full control of al-Baghdadi: 8 ISIS fighters killed trying to sneak into Iraqi air base
Islamic State fighters have taken full control of the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi. The town is only 15 minutes away from the Ain al-Asad air base where 320 U.S. Marines are training Iraqi troops.
Eight Islamic State fighters wearing Iraqi Army uniforms were able to make their way into the Al Asad airbase on Friday. The ISIS fighters were killed by Iraqi forces.
Officials said the Islamic State fighters attacked an Iraqi army headquarters on the base and confirmed that senior Iraqi leaders were present in the building at the time of the attack.Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and several more wounded as they repelled the attack by the Islamic State.
“About 7:20 a.m.(Iraqi time, Friday Feb. 13) a small Daesh (Daesh is the pronunciation of ISIS in Arabic) element attacked an Iraqi Army facility on the Al Asad Air Base in Anbar province.
"The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) supported by Coalition surveillance assets defeated the attack, killing all eight attackers. The ISF have since re-secured their facility," the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement.
Pentagon officials stress that the U.S. Marines have not been involved in the fighting or have any of then been captured or wounded by Islamic State fighters say that they “were several kilometers from the attack and at no stage were they under direct threat from this action.”