Iraqi forces kill top Saudi ISIL commander
Saudi national Abu Khabib al-Jazaeeri, was killed on Thursday during the clashes in Baiji, north of Tikrit.
The Iraqi forces also continued clean up operations in Balad district in Salahuddin Province, regaining full control of the province’s main refinery.
Earlier, government forces took control of the Abu Tayban region in the city of Ramadi, and almost all parts of the town of Tal Afar in Nineveh Province.
Last week, two other Saudi nationals were killed in clashes with Iraqi forces in the holy city of Samarra following an all-out crackdown on the Takfiri terrorists.
The terrorists were brothers named Yahya and Ebrahim from Saudi Arabia, according to the Arabic language daily Sabq.
Their father told the Saudi newspaper that his sons had gone to Syria to partake in the fight against the government of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad before moving to Iraq.
Iraq is currently witnessing a wave of violence unprecedented in recent years.
Takfiri groups, including the so-called ISIL, are reportedly coming to Iraq from neighboring Syria and Saudi Arabia to undermine security in the country.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has censured the Al Saud regime as a major supporter of global terrorism, noting that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are responsible for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country.