Iraqi forces, Islamic State clash for control of al-Baghdadi

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The battle is on for control of al-Baghdadi, a strategically important town in Anbar province, northern Iraq. New video released by Islamic State shows what the militants say are IS fighters firing

Iraqi forces, Islamic State clash for control of al-Baghdadi

The battle is on for control of al-Baghdadi, a strategically important town in Anbar province, northern Iraq.

New video released by Islamic State shows what the militants say are IS fighters firing machine guns and rockets at Iraqi forces.

But despite this show of force, U.S. officials say it’s the Iraqis who have the upper hand.

Anbar is home to a key U.S. airbase where a U.S.-led coalition is advising the Iraqis in the fight against IS.

The militants swept through northern Iraq last summer and began threatening the airbase earlier this month.

But Iraqi forces say they’ve killed at least 20 IS fighters in this latest battle, and ar close to driving the militants out.

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