Iraqi tribes retake much of Kirkuk from Daesh

Published April 1st, 2015 - 09:22 GMT

Iraqi tribal fighters have managed to retake control over several areas in Iraq’s northern oil-rich province of Kirkuk from Daesh.

Marwan al-Jabareh, a spokesman for Salahuddin’s provincial council, said fighters from al-Ubaid and al-Jabour tribes carried out an operation on the foothills of Hamrain Mountain, located between al-Fatha district and al-Rashad region, on Tuesday evening, Iraq’s al-Sumaria satellite TV network reported.

Jabareh added that Hamrain Mountain and two villages facing the town of al-Ramil were purged of the militants, and at least 20 Daesh members were killed in the process.

He said the operation is going to continue until all areas located between the northern Iraqi provinces of Salahuddin and Kirkuk are fully liberated.

Earlier on Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said units of government forces, backed by Shia and Sunni volunteer forces, had wrested control of the strategic northern city of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad, from Daesh. 

Press TV’s correspondent in Iraq, Rahshan Saglam, said on Wednesday morning that Iraqi security troops secured the entire Tikrit, and raised Iraq’s national flag on all government institutions in the city.

She said that Iraqi forces also recovered lists from militant hideouts detailing the names of individuals and tribes collaborating with Daesh as well as the registers of the people whom they planned to target over their involvement in campaigns against the rival al-Qaeda terror network.

Iraqi army soldiers, backed by Shia and Sunni volunteers, raised the Iraqi national flag over the Grand Mosque of Tikrit on Monday.

The forces also retook the city’s medical college later in the day as they continued to gain more ground against Daesh.

Tikrit had been seized by Daesh in June last year. The city’s recapture now prepares the way for the Iraqi army to take control of the country’s second-largest city, Mosul.

Daesh started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of the country’s northern city of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.

Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have succeeded in driving the Daesh terrorists out of some areas in Iraq.

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