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Retaking Iraq: Iraqi Army Advances Against Isis

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Iraqi forces launched an operation on Tuesday to drive fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) out of Tikrit.

  • They [iraqi army + Shia armed groups] were advancing rapidly from the south
  • But were slowed-by landmines, roadside bombs and snipers in the west
  • Heavy clashes with the armed group were taking place 10km from the the city
  • Clashes were confined to the suburbs of the city as Iraqi forces halted their advance in the face of heavy fighting
Infographic: Iraqi forces advance in Tikrit






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Iraqi army recaptures al-Hamra village



  • Army officials in Iraq say the military has regained the control of a village in Salahuddin Province from ISIL

  • The army forces also recaptured parts of a road that linked a military base to the Baiju refinery
  • Reports say a number of militants were killed in the clashes with the army
  • Meanwhile, army forces killed more than 20 militants in the city of Fallujah and destroyed a number of their vehicles

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Iraqi forces break ISIS siege of Amerli




Iraqi forces entered on Sunday the northern town of Amerli, which had been besieged by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants for around two months, Reuters news agency reported officials as saying.


The mayor of Amerli and army officers said troops backed by militias defeated ISIS fighters to the east of the town. Fighting continued to the north of Amerli.


"Our forces entered Amerli and broke the siege," security spokesman Lieutenant General Qassem Atta told Agence France-Presse.


Talib al-Bayati, an official responsible for a nearby area, also said that the siege of the Turkmen Shiite-majority town has been broken, as did Nihad al-Bayati, who had been fighting to defend the town against the jihadists.


Iraqi security forces, Shiite militiamen and Kurdish peshmerga fighters all took part in the operation, according to AFP.


The incident is considered the biggest military success for Baghdad since ISIS overran large parts of the country in June, sweeping security forces aside. Alarabiya

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