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Iraqi major general killed in Anbar ambush

At least 15 other senior Iraqi army officers were among those killed in the attack

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The Iraqi army was on high alert on Saturday following the deaths of at least 16 Iraqi military officers in an ambush in the western Sunni Muslim-dominated province of Anbar.

Seven senior Iraqi officers, including a major general, were among those killed in the attack.

Major General Mohammad al-Karoui and the other 15 all died in an assault on “a hideout of the al-Qaeda network” in Sunni-majority western Anbar province near the border with Syria, the sources said.

An Al Arabiya News Channel correspondent reported that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki had ordered troops to stage a security operation in the province and search for members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the al-Qaeda group operating in Iraq and Syria.

Around 35 people were wounded in the attack, the correspondent reported. A curfew has been declared in the Sharqat area in the Salah al-Din governorate.

(Developing story)