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Ambush kills off-duty Iraqi soldiers in Anbar province

Fighters have killed at least 10 off-duty Iraqi soldiers and injured another

20 in an ambush in a part of the country's western Anbar province. Major Emad al-Dulaimi said on Monday that the attack occurred the night before near the town of Rutba. He said the assailants were armed with assault rifles and rockets. It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack but al-Dulaimi blamed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group. ISIL, also known as ISIS, has carried out many similar attacks targeting Iraqi forces in the past months in what many see as an effort to divert attention from the ongoing battle between Iraqi forces and ISIL. Rutba lies about 390km west of Baghdad. It is the last sizeable town on the way to the border with Jordan. Just a day earlier, ISIL killed three Iraqi police officers when suicide bombers targeted an police station in Hamam al-Alil, a town located about 30km south of Mosul.