Iraqi security personnel and tribesmen beat back an hours-long jihadist attack on a key city west of Baghdad on Wednesday while reinforcements reached a strategic town threatened by militants, officials said.

The attack by the Islamic State (IS) group on Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, began around midnight and continued until 7:00 am on Wednesday, police Captain Tahsin al-Dulaimi said.

IS jihadists attacked from three directions after hitting the city with mortar fire, Dulaimi said. […]