Iraqi security forces have inflicted heavy losses on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group in their operations near the capital, Baghdad.
More than 90 ISIL Takfiri militants were killed in the Iraqi army operations in Tikrit and Fallujah on Sunday.
Army spokesman Qasim Ata says they have killed 42 ISIL militants and destroyed 13 vehicles in fighting in Tikrit.
Reports say 50 al-Qaeda linked militants were also killed in Fallujah while trying to infiltrate into a military checkpoint.
Security forces say they have killed a senior ISIL commander in clashes near the strategic town of Tal Afar.
This is while the terrorists are said to have extended their grip on the town of Rutba. It is the fourth city falling to militants, after Qaim, Rawah and Anah.
On Saturday, a military parade was held in Baghdad in solidarity with the Iraqi army, which is engaged in heavy fighting against the terrorist group, the ISIL. The parade was called by senior Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
The developments come against the backdrop of a savage offensive by the ISIL terrorists in Iraq.
Political commentators say Iraq has been targeted by US-trained Takfiri terrorists who will doubtlessly target the United States.
Earlier this week, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki lashed out at the US regional ally Saudi Arabia for supporting the ISIL terrorists, who are perpetrating genocide against the Iraqi nation.
Riyadh’s support for the ISIL makes the Saudi regime responsible for the “crimes that may qualify as genocide: the spilling of Iraqi blood, the destruction of Iraqi state institutions and historic and religious sites,” Maliki said in a statement.