The Iraqi Army captured an imperative village just north of Baghdad today, killing over 30 members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS). The captured village of Dhoolooya is 65 km north of Baghdad City; its control by ISIS created apprehension for the Iraqi Army Central Command due to its proximity to the capital. According to a source in Baghdad, the Iraqi Army was backed by members of the Jabouri Tribbe and other pro-government militas.
Earlier today, ISIS militants downed an Iraqi Air Force helicopter 200 km north of Baghdad, near the city of Bayji. The aircraft was identified by the Spokesman of the Iraq Air Force as the Russian suplied MI-35 Hind Helicopter; it was struck in the tail by an ISIS rocket during a combat mission in Bayji. The status of the pilots has not been confirmed.
In west Al-Anbar, ISIS has made significant gains in the last Iraqi Army stronghold, taking control of many neighborhoods in the city of Heet. A suicide attack near the Municipal Police Headquarters allowed for ISIS militants to storm the Iraqi Army fortifications, forcing a retreat east. Activists on the ground claim that the majority of Heet is under ISIS control, with the Iraqi Army only controlling a small sector of the besieged city.
Iraqi history: October 3rd marks the 82nd anniversary of Great Britain’s termination of the League of Nations Mandate over the country – Iraq was later admitted into the League of Nations, becoming one of the first Arab states to declare independence from the western powers.