In Iraq, nine soldiers have been killed and nine others wounded in an explosion during a raid of Islamic State militants south of Baghdad.

The army unit was responding to intelligence on a possible meeting of militant leaders at the house in Latifiya.

Iraq's military is waging a counter-offensive against Islamic State, which seized around a third of the country's territory in the north and west in 2014.

Meanwhile,Iraqi government forces have regained control of a remote western town of Rutba from the Islamic State group.

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