ISIL Takfiri militants have unleashed a set of bombing attacks on a military base in central Iraq, killing some 700 soldiers, witnesses say.
According to reports on Tuesday, two attackers detonated their explosives-laden vehicles in Camp Saqlawiyah, north of the city of Fallujah, while three others set off their explosive vests there.
Some 200 soldiers survived the attack, mostly injured. The survivors said the terrorists also kidnapped a number of army troops.
Hundreds of soldiers were stationed at the base at the time of the attack.
The army forces were stranded at the base without ammunition and supplies after the sole supply route to the camp was cut off by the ISIL terrorists.
“There were no reinforcements, no food supplies, no medicine, no water, and then our ammunition began to run out,” a surviving soldier said.
Iraq’s military, backed by volunteers, launched a major operation against the ISIL militants in Fallujah on Sunday.
The ISIL terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have carried out heinous crimes in the two countries, including mass executions and beheadings of people.
Senior Iraqi and Syria officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and some other Persian Gulf Arab states for the terrorism in their country.