Islamic State (ISIS) militants seized control of more villages in the Iraqi province of Anbar, while clashes broke out between Iraqi forces and ISIS near the city of Samarra, Iraqi sources revealed.
Sheikh Naeem Al-Ku'oud, one of Anbar's tribal leaders, said that ISIS took control of 15 villages in the Western Iraqi province.
According to a security source, dozens of Iraqi soldiers, including two senior officials, were killed during clashes near the city of Heet.
The security source has also confirmed that ISIS forces managed to take control of the Doulab area near Heet.
An Iraqi security source said clashes between the Iraqi forces and ISIS are ongoing.