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Iraqi officials say 17 soldiers, 6 Sunni fighters killed in IS attack in Anbar province

  • Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, right, meets with his Norwegian counterpart Borge Brende in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, Pool)

    Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, right, meets with his Norwegian counterpart Borge Brende in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Activists say Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra.  News that the militants blew up the Baalshamin Temple (not pictured) came after the extremists beheaded Palmyra scholar Khaled al-Asaad on Tuesday, hanging his bloodied body from a pole in the town's main square.  (SANA via AP, File)

    FILE - This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Activists say Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra. News that the militants blew up the Baalshamin Temple (not pictured) came after the extremists beheaded Palmyra scholar Khaled al-Asaad on Tuesday, hanging his bloodied body from a pole in the town's main square. (SANA via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Activists say Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra. News that the militants blew up the Baalshamin Temple came after the extremists beheaded Palmyra scholar Khaled al-Asaad on Tuesday, hanging his bloodied body from a pole in the town's main square. (SANA via AP, File)

    FILE - This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Activists say Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra. News that the militants blew up the Baalshamin Temple came after the extremists beheaded Palmyra scholar Khaled al-Asaad on Tuesday, hanging his bloodied body from a pole in the town's main square. (SANA via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Iraqi military and police officials say 17 soldiers and six allied Sunni fighters have been killed in an attack by Islamic State militants in the turbulent Anbar province west of Baghdad.

They said Sunday's attack took place in the rural district of Jaramshah north of Anbar's provincial capital, Ramadi.

They said the IS fighters used suicide bombings and mortar shells in the attack. The chief of army operations in Anbar, Maj-Gen. Qassim al-Dulaimi, was lightly wounded in the attack, the officials said.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

News of Sunday's attack came two days after up to 50 soldiers were killed by the IS in two ambushes elsewhere in Anbar province, much of which is under IS control.