Iraqi forces find burned bodies in recaptured town

Baghdad - Iraqi security forces found the burned bodies of 12 policemen when they recaptured a town north of Baghdad from militants on Saturday, a police colonel and a doctor said.

Troops backed by tribal militia recaptured Ishaqi in Salaheddin province as they readied a fightback against the offensive that saw Sunni Arab militants overrun a large chunk of northern and north-central Iraq this week.

An unidentified gunman stands guard among the rubble of a house which was attaked by US forces in Ishaqi. Credit: AFP

It was one of the closest points to the capital that the militants had reached in the assault they launched in second city Mosul late on Monday. - Sapa-AFP