14 dead as holdout Iraq tribe repels jihadists
An Iraqi security member looks on as a group of people board boats with supplies near the Shiite city of Balad as they go to the Sunni town of Dhuluiyah - AFP
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BAGHDAD: A jihadist attack on an Iraqi tribe that has held out for weeks against militants has left at least seven dead on either sides, police and medics said Wednesday.

The Islamic State group has been unable to conquer the neighborhood of Jubur, named for the tribe that resides there, in the Sunni Arab town of Dhuluiyah 90 kilometers (55 miles) north of Baghdad.

“They attacked Jubur from three directions last night and the clashes lasted until morning,” said a senior police officer in Dhuluiyah.

“Their attack was unsuccessful but there were casualties,” he said, seven in each camp, including a jihadist fighter who detonated a suicide vest.

The police officer added that 30 people were wounded in the pro-government camp, including some civilians. Residents contacted by AFP gave the same casualty toll

A medic in the nearby town of Balad confirmed that the hospital there had received the bodies of seven fighters killed by the jihadists overnight.

Jubur, which played a prominent role in the formation of US-backed Sunni tribal forces to combat IS’s previous incarnation in 2005-2007, has received support from the Iraqi army and allied militias.

Its leaders say the neighborhood needs more assistance, including airstrikes from the U.S.-led international coalition bombing jihadist targets in other parts of Iraq.

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