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Iraqi security forces patrol after clashes with militants from the Islamic State group. (AP)

Iraqi security forces patrol after clashes with militants from the Islamic State group. (AP)

Iraqi security forces patrol after clashes with militants from the Islamic State group. (AP)

Islamic State militants are reported to have publicly killed six Iraqi soldiers in Anbar province, where it continues to make gains despite an expanding US-led campaign of air strikes.

Witnesses said the soldiers - one in uniform and five in civilian clothes - were lined up against a wall in the town of Hit and shot in the head.

They said the Islamic State (IS) group also bombed a police station in Hit, 85 miles west of the capital, Baghdad.

IS stormed Hit on Thursday, its latest victory against the embattled Iraqi military in Anbar. The US has launched air strikes on IS positions in Anbar.

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