IS attack kills 13 Iraqi cops
Thirteen Iraqi policemen were killed in an Islamic State group attack against a checkpoint in the country's north early yesterday, security and medical sources said. mThe attack, in the region of Al-Rashad around 65 kilometres south of Kirkuk city, took place just after midnight, a senior Iraqi police officer told AFP. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. IS seized swathes of Iraq in a lightning offensive in 2014, before being beaten back by a counter-insurgency campaign supported by a US-led military coalition. The Iraqi government declared the Sunni extremists defeated in late 2017, but they retain sleeper cells which continue to hit security forces with asymmetric attacks.