15 killed in attack on Iraqi military base

World Sunday 03/January/2016 20:39 PM
By: Times News Service
15 killed in attack on Iraqi military base

Baghdad: Attacks by five suicide bombers on an Iraqi military base north of Baghdad on Sunday killed at least 15 members of the security forces and wounded 22 others, security sources said.
Two of the bombers detonated their vehicle-borne explosives at the gate of Camp Speicher, a former US base outside Tikrit. Three others detonated their explosives after entering the base, the sources said.
IS militant group claimed responsibility for the blasts in a statement distributed by supporters online.
It said it targeted "trainers from the rejectionist army", a term used by the insurgents.
Iraq is gripped by a sectarian conflict mostly that has been exacerbated by the rise of the ultra-hardline insurgents of IS.
Camp Speicher became a symbol of the group's brutality and hatred for Iraq's majority after as many as 1,700 soldiers from the base were killed in mid-2014 during the militants' lightning advance across the Syrian border.
Iraqi forces retook the centre of the western city of Ramadi last week, a victory that could help boost Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi, who has been rebuilding the military after stunning defeats in the face of IS.
Iraq's Defence Ministry said IS has stepped up suicide blasts in response to setbacks in Ramadi. It said in a statement the group had used 22 bombers in two recent failed attacks in Anbar where Ramadi is located. The military responded, killing at least 42 militants including the bombers, the ministry said.