The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) – in cooperation with Hashid Al-Sha’abi – have captured the strategic town of Albu Ajeel from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) after a series of fierce clashes on Sunday morning near the besieged city of Tikrit.
The capture of Albu Ajeel occurred eight hours after ISF and Hashid Al-Sha’abi contingents encircled the entrenched ISIS militants inside the town.
According to the Iraqi social media activist Haidar Sumeri (@HaidarSumeri), at least 50 ISIS fighters have turned themselves into the ISF and Hashid Al-Sha’abi in the town of Al-Dour on Sunday.
On Friday, ISF sappers from their engineering division cleared a 5km long minefield near the town of Al-‘Alam; this allowed for their infantry to begin their large-scale offensive inside this town directly east of Tikrit.
The Iraqi Minister of Interior has announced that 80 ISIS militants have been killed between the days of Tuesday and Thursday during the Tikrit operation, making this one of the bloodiest battles being fought in Iraq.
With their besiegement of the ISIS militants at Al-‘Alam from the east and Al-Dour from the south, the ISF has advanced within 3km of the imperative Tikrit General Hospital.
The ISF has launched another offensive near the state’s capital of Baghdad at the town of Karma; this operation is being conducted in conjunction with their renewed offensive near southern Al-Ramadi in the Al-‘Anbar Governorate.