RAMADI, Iraq: Five senior Iraqi officers, including a divisional commander, and 10 soldiers were killed on Saturday in a raid on an al-Qaeda hideout in the west of the country, military officers said.
Violence elsewhere killed 10 people, including a police chief, four other police and a soldier, security officials and doctors said.
Mohammed al-Karoui, the commander of the army’s 7th Division, was leading an operation to attack “hideouts of militants belonging to the al-Qaeda organization” in Sunni-majority Anbar province, which borders Syria.
He was killed along with four other senior army officers and 10 soldiers when they attacked a camp near Rutba, 380 kilometers west of Baghdad, the military officers said.
Soldiers were attacked by suicide bombers during the assault on the camp and hit by bombs that exploded when they entered buildings, the sources said, without specifying at what point the officers died.
The defense ministry said the operation was launched after reports that al-Qaeda militants had set up camps in the area to train militants in bomb-making.