The Iraqi army has killed a senior commander of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Tikrit, a senior military spokesman announced.
The person in charge of the ISIL’s military affairs was killed in Northern Tikrit, the capital of Salahuddin province, the spokesman for the Iraqi armed forces Major General Qassem Atta said on Saturday.
On Saturday, Al-Mayadeen TV channel reported that Iraq’s army is advancing towards the volatile Tikrit city from four directions as it is marching towards rebel-held regions in the North.
Iraq’s army forces have started advance towards Tikrit, the capital of Salahuddin province, in cooperation with numerous units of the special forces, it said.
The Arabic-language report said that the Iraqi army is using a large number of tanks during the operations to free Tikrit and is supported logistically by the air force.
Commander of Iraq’s anti-terrorism forces announced on Thursday that the special forces have started cleansing operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Tikrit, Samara and Biji.