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Iraq Army Masses Outside Western Town as U.S. Strikes Militants

Iraqi soldiers and police, backed by some tribal fighters, are regrouping around the strategically important town of Hit in western Iraq after it was seized by Islamic State militants last week.

The Iraqi forces are “making a ring round the town to prevent more Islamic State militants entering and stop any logistical support” for those in Hit, Anbar province police chief Ahmed Al-Dulaimi said by phone. Retaking the town northwest of Ramadi, the regional capital, will require more strikes by aircraft of the U.S.-led coalition, he said.