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Iraqi Army Takes Full Control of Strategic District in Tikrit

25 May 2015 17:35




The Iraqi army, backed by popular fighters, managed to liberate an area from the grip of the ISIL Takfiri group in Tikrit after claiming the lives of dozens of the terrorists, an Iraqi official said.

Salahuddin Governor Raed al-Jabouri said in a statement on Monday that the army troops intensified their offensive against the ISIL terrorists in the Northern city of Tikrit and took full control of Hajjaj district.

Tikrit was fully liberated from the ISIL’s grip in late March.The Iraqi military has since been pushing its way towards areas which are still under the control of the Takfiri terrorists.

Earlier, Iraqi forces made fresh advances in their fight against the ISIL in Ramadi and managed to recapture huge territory from the terrorists near the Western city, an Iraqi military official said.

“Today we regained control over Husaiba and are laying plans to make more advances to push back Daesh fighters further,” said local tribal leader Amir al-Fahdawi, using an Arabic acronym for ISIL.

“The morale of the (popular) fighters is high after the arrival of reinforcements and loads of ammunition,” Fahdawi said.

“Today’s advance will speed up the clock for a major advance to regain control of Ramadi,” he added.

Planes were bombing ISIL positions on the opposite bank of the Euphrates river, where the terrorists were attempting to prevent the Iraqi forces advancing, Fahdawi and the police major said.

ISIL Takfiris have recently taken over parts of Ramadi.

Popular Mobilization forces have been deployed to the city to fight the Takfiris. The volunteer groups who have joined the Iraqi army, were dispatched to Anbar after Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on them to join the fight to drive Takfiri militants out of Ramadi.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

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