ISIL suicide attackers storm army base in Iraq, leaves 18 dead
March 27, Baghdad: At least 18 soldiers have been killed when suicide attackers from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have stormed one of the biggest army bases in Iraq.
According to a military source, all 10 ISIL fighters who entered the Ain al-Assad military base in Anbar province on Saturday were killed.
An Iraqi defence ministry spokesman said that eight of them were killed by soldiers, and that two had managed to blow themselves up.
Ain al-Assad was the second largest American airbase in Iraq after the US-led invasion. At least 300 US military advisers and trainers remain in the base to support Iraqi troops, reports said.
The attackers were killed before they reached any facilities under the control of the US military, according to army sources.
Iraqi forces launched an offensive last week to retake Anbar province. Sixty to 70 percent of the strategically important province remains under the control of ISIL.
The Oslo Times