At least 11 people, including an army officer, have been killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen on a checkpoint in the western Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Eight others were seriously injured in the attack. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Iraqi government has said it was carried out by Islamic State militants.
The assailants came in four vehicles late Sunday night and attacked the barracks with grenades and automatic weapons. Earlier on Sunday morning, the Iraqi army conducted a combing operation in the mountainous northern province of Salahuddin to eliminate IS militants. Security analysts believe that the attack may have been in response to the crackdown.
In 2014, IS emerged in Iraq. Several areas on the outskirts of the capital, Baghdad, and some large cities in the north and west were occupied at that time. In 2017, the Iraqi army defeated IS with the help of US allies.