Agence France-PresseFebruary 15, 2014 08:48
Eighteen Iraqi soldiers and police have been killed in targeted attacks and clashes, officials and doctors said Saturday, as the country struggles to contain its worst violence in years.
Meanwhile, militants Saturday held part of the northern town of Sulaiman Bek, after security forces withdrew despite reportedly making gains in a battle for control of the area the day before.
Most of the casualties occurred overnight.
In the city of Tikrit, north of the capital, gunmen lured a police colonel out of his house, shot him dead, and fled the area.