ISIL suicide attack kills 38 Iraqi policemen in Samarra

Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants drove a tank rigged with explosives into a base south of the Iraqi city of Samarra on Monday, killing 38 policemen, military and police sources said.
A further 46 people were wounded in the attack on the Muthanna bases in an area from which security forces and Shiite paramilitaries have been fighting to drive out the insurgents.
Security forces seized the complex from the militants several days ago and were using it as a foothold in an offensive aimed at cutting ISIL supply lines from the Samarra area to the western province of Anbar.
Anbarand’s capital, Ramadi, was overrun by the insurgents two weeks ago in the most significant setback for Iraqi forces since a US-led coalition began bombing the militants last summer.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed to launch a quick counter-offensive to retake the city but Shiand’ite paramilitary groups have taken charge of the offensive and say remaining militant strongholds in Salahuddin province must be cleared first.
Elsewhere in Lebanon, at least six people were killed when dozens of tents at a Syrian refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley caught fire on Monday, security sources said.
At least 160 of the roughly 300 tents, which housed around 600 people, were burned and several people were missing, the sources said, adding that the cause of the fire was not immediately known.
and”The bodies were totally burned and cannot be recognized. Some are children,and” a source said.
The four-year conflict in Syria has forces millions of Syrian to flee their homes. Around 1.7 million Syrians are refugees in neighboring countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
In Lebanon, where a quarter of the population are now refugees, the authorities have barred the United Nations from opening official camps. The displaced are scattered across some 1,700 communities.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon live in dire conditions. Many live in makeshift settlements, sheds, garages and unfinished buildings. Some of the tents are made from old billboard posters.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman