Iraqi forces make new headway in anti-ISIL fight
Iran Press TV
Mon May 25, 2015 5:42AM
Iraq's Shia and Sunni volunteer forces have made fresh gains in their fight against the ISIL terror group in northern Salahuddin province.
According to media reports, the forces managed to take full control of Hajjaj district, north of the city of Tikrit, which was liberated from the ISIL's grip in late March.
The Iraqi military, backed by volunteer forces, has since been pushing its way towards areas which are still under the control of the Takfiri terrorists.
The strategic city, located some 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, was overrun by the ISIL terrorists in summer 2014 along with Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul and other areas in the Arab country's Sunni heartland.
The recapture of Tikrit was crucial for the Iraqi army in its quest to take control of Mosul.
The ISIL terrorists, many of whom were initially trained by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, now control parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria. They have been engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.
Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have succeeded in driving the ISIL terrorists out of some areas in Iraq.
Iraqi forces retook the town Husaybah in western Anbar province on Saturday as they advanced towards the major city of Ramadi. On the same day, security officials said the Iraqi army and the volunteer fighters jointly repelled an ISIL attack on the town of Khalidiya, located about 83 kilometers (50 miles) west of Baghdad.
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