Kareem Raheem and Ghazwan Hassan from Reuters report that clashes continued in and around the road to Mosul on Monday, January 2nd, causing at least 41 dead and 19 wounded.
Al menos 34 muertos y 19 heridos en diferentes incidentes en combates para retener control de la carretera de Mosul.
The counter-terrorism service (CTS) blew up several Islamic State car bombs before they reached their targets, and linked up with the Rapid Response forces, an elite Interior Ministry unit, said spokesman Sabah al-Numani.
Islamic State targeted military positions away from the main battlefield, killing at least 16 pro-government fighters and cutting a strategic road linking the city to Baghdad.
Militants attacked an army barracks near Baiji, 180 km (110 miles) north of the capital, killing four soldiers and wounding 12 people, including Sunni tribal fighters, army and police sources said.
Shelling by ISIS in Shirqat had killed at least two children, told Reuters by phone Shirqat’s mayor Ali Dodah.
In a separate incident, gunmen broke into a village near Udhaim, 90 km (56 miles) north of Baghdad, where they executed nine Sunni tribal fighters with shots to the head, police and medical sources said.
In the same area, at least three pro-government Shi’ite militia fighters were killed and seven wounded when militants attacked their position with mortar rounds and machine guns, police sources said.