About 25 Iraqi soldiers and volunteers have been killed in an attack by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group near Fallujah, sources have told Al Jazeera.
According to local sources, two ISIL fighters were also killed during the attack.
Meanwhile, Iraq’s operations command centre in Samarra has denied that ISIL shot down any Iraqi warplane in the town of Balad in Salahuddin province. ISIL earlier announced that it had shot down a warplane and captured its pilot.
ISIL spearheaded a June offensive that overran large parts of the country, and Iraqi security forces, Kurdish, Shia and Sunni fighters are currently battling to push ISIL fighters back.
A US-led coalition is carrying out air strikes against ISIL targets and also providing training to Iraqi forces.