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Iraq claims to take highway from ISIS terrorists

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Forces allied with the Iraqi government fight against ISIS terrorists on Monday outside Baghdad. (Source: CBS) Forces allied with the Iraqi government fight against ISIS terrorists on Monday outside Baghdad. (Source: CBS)

(CBS) - Iraqi army soldiers joined forces with Shiite militia volunteers against Sunni militants in a fierce gunbattle northeast of the capital of Baghdad on Monday.

The soldiers waved the ISIS flag as proof they had overrun the militants.

With the guidance of U.S. military advisors, Iraqi forces have now secured a crucial highway about 100 miles away from the capital.

The U.S. also sent 75 Hellfire missiles. The Iraqis had run out.

At the moment, Iraqi forces are launching the missiles from the only airplanes they have: Two Cessna propeller planes.

Iraq has repeatedly criticized the U.S. for not providing help fast enough.

And so over the weekend, the Iraqis showed off the delivery of five warplanes that came from Russia.

Iraqi Maj. Gen. Saad Maan said Iraqis couldn't afford to wait for the U.S. to provide planes.

"It is impossible to solve or to end any war now if you do not have any enough aircraft to tackle it," he said.

He was asked if the lack of planes was his biggest problem.

"Of course, yes," he said.

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