Jihadists kill 30 in fighting south of Baghdad

Islamic State jihadist fighters killed at least 30 Iraqi soldiers and members of allied Shiite militia in a flashpoint area south of Baghdad, army sources said Saturday.

IS militants firing salvos of mortar rounds began attacking the town of Jurf al-Sakhr late Friday, killing 11 soldiers and 12 members of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, an officer and army medic said.

Another seven soldiers had their throats slit during a subsequent government operation against jihadist fighters in Jurf al-Sakhr, Al-Hamya and Latifiya, the sources said.