In a matter of 12 hours, the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) have been able to make two strategic advances toward the imperative Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) stronghold of Tikrit on Monday, killing and capturing a number of enemy combatants in the process.

On Monday morning, the ISF – in cooperation with local tribes and militias – delivered a significant blow to ISIS, capturing the town of Al-‘Alam on the eastern border of Tikrit after fierce clashes with the enemy combatants entrenched in this area.

The ISF’s capture of Al-‘Alam resulted in their control of the major oil fields adjacent to the town; however, some Iraqi social media activists are reporting a number of sites that were incinerated by fleeing ISIS fighters.

South of Tikrit, the ISF was able to drive the remaining ISIS militants in control of Al-Dour out of the town, forcing them to withdraw north in order to avoid capture.

With Al-Dour and Al-‘Alam firmly under the ISF’s control, the integral ISIS stronghold of Tikrit is now besieged from all points; this leaves their remaining fighters immobile inside the city.

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