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ISIS continues to resist Iraqi soldiers who are seeking to drive them out of Mosul. A recent ISIS ambush killed at least 10 Iraqi soldiers and injured another 20. The soldiers were killed in a town to the west of Baghdad that had become an important staging area for Iraqi soldiers in their Mosul operations. As fighting continues, displaced Christians must decide whether or not to return to their homes after ISIS is gone. They don’t know if their homes, businesses, or other parts of their lives are still standing.

2017-04-24 Iraq (Al Jazeera News) – 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 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.

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