Iraqis call in jets in battle for Hit

Forces face heavy resistance

Posted: April 15, 2016 at 3:17 a.m.
Updated: April 15, 2016 at 3:17 a.m.

An Iraqi soldier instructs displaced people to raise their hands to check for suicide bombers during fighting between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State group during a military operation to regain control of Hit, 85 miles (140 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

HIT, Iraq -- Iraq's counterterrorism forces are increasingly relying on air power in the battle to take full control of a key town in western Anbar desert from Islamic State militants, the elite force's commander said Thursday.

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