Government forces and allied Sunni tribal fighters battled to dislodge militants from a small town north of Baghdad on Monday, while two car bombs in the capital killed at least seven people, officials said.

The clashes in Duluiyah are part of the Islamic State extremist group’s larger offensive across Iraq as it tries to expand the territory under its control.

Fighters from the jihadi group barreled into town, some 80 kilometers (45 miles) north of Baghdad, on Sunday, and quickly seized the mayor’s office, police station, local council and courthouse. They also blew up a bridge connecting the town with the nearby city of Balad. […]