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The Iraqi army says it has held off a fierce assault by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS, IS) on the city of Ramadi.
Meanwhile, coalition airstrikes have killed 50 ISIL fighters in the city of Kirkuk.
The operation was carried out to retake control of two areas from ISIL.
Al Jazeera's Bhanu Bhatnagar reports: