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New Iraqi defense ministry video shows bombing of insurgents

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Iraqi government forces launched aerial bombardments against insurgents in Anbar Province, according to video released by the ministry of defense. The footage showed several targets being hit, including vehicles and buildings. A statement released with the footage stated: ''The Iraqi air forces have recently shelled hideouts of fighters from the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and Levant in the restive province of Anbar.'' The footage was date-stamped January 14 and 15, 2014. Reuters is unable to independently verify this. Iraqi government forces have been battling an al Qaeda offensive near the Syrian border. Al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been steadily tightening its grip in the vast Anbar province in recent months in a bid to create a Sunni Muslim state straddling the frontier with Syria. Their fighters had been controlling large parts of the desert in western Iraq along the

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