Sep 23, 9:04 AM EDT

Islamic militants parade captured Iraqi soldiers


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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Islamic State group on Tuesday paraded Iraqi troops captured in battle earlier this week in a militant stronghold west of Baghdad, residents said.

Residents of Fallujah said about 30 men in Iraqi military uniforms were driven in the back of seized military vehicles through the city. Fallujah is about 65 kilometers (30 miles) west of Baghdad. The captured soldiers looked very exhausted, eyewitnesses said.

The militants driving the convoy blasted songs glorifying the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as they paraded their captives. The residents spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for their safety.

On Sunday, Islamic State fighters disguised in Iraqi army uniforms and driving stolen Humvees attacked an Iraqi army camp in the western Anbar province, killing 40 troops and capturing 68.

The militant attacks, involving several suicide bombings, happened in the town of Sijir, 70 kilometers (43 miles) west of Baghdad. The attacks dealt a blow to government efforts to rein in the militants who have seized much of the country's north and west.

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