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Governor of Iraq's contested Anbar province wounded in clash with Islamic State militants

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter stands guard atop an armored vehicle at a combat outpost on the outskirts of Makhmour, 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. The U.S. and nine key allies agreed Friday, that the Islamic State group is a significant threat to NATO countries and that they will take on the militants by squeezing their financial resources and going after them with military might. (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter stands guard atop an armored vehicle at a combat outpost on the outskirts of Makhmour, 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. The U.S. and nine key allies agreed Friday, that the Islamic State group is a significant threat to NATO countries and that they will take on the militants by squeezing their financial resources and going after them with military might. (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)  (The Associated Press)

An Iraqi army spokesman says the governor of the country's contested Anbar province has been wounded during fighting with Islamic State militants.

Army military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said Gov. Ahmed al-Dulaimi was wounded Sunday during clashes near Haditha. The U.S. said Sunday its forces launched airstrikes at the Haditha Dam to stop Islamic State militants from capturing it.

Al-Moussawi did not elaborate on al-Dulaimi's condition.

Anbar long has been a contested region between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants backed by allied Sunni tribes. The situation deteriorated significantly in late December, and the militants took over parts of the provincial capital of Ramadi and the city of Fallujah.

Iraqi forces have been trying unsuccessfully to take back Anbar since January. The U.S. airstrikes may boost their efforts.