The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) defenses in the city of Tikirt are quickly falling apart, as the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and their allies continue to advance towards the remaining areas controlled by the former; thus, resulting in the imminent encirclement of these enemy combatants.
On Tuesday morning, the ISF – in cooperation with local tribes and militias – captured the strategic oil fields of Alas and ‘Ajeel in eastern Tikrit after the ISIS militants were relentlessly bombarded by a barrage of artillery shells and gunfire from the east.
Due to their withdrawal from the Alas and ‘Ajeel Oil Fields, ISIS was forced to withdraw towards one of their last strongholds at the town of Al-‘Alam; this will be the town where ISIS will prepare their last stand against the ISF and their allies.
Continuing their successful offensive, the ISF took complete control of the highway between Tuz Khumato and Tikrit, raising the Iraqi flag at the Police Headquarters in the town of Ksayba following their fierce clashes with the enemy combatants from ISIS.
East of Tikrit, the ISF and their allies captured the Hamrin Mountains (Jabal Hamrin), killing a number of militants in the process. According to Iraqi media source Haidar Sumeri, four suicide bombers were killed during the battle, including a female identified among the dead militants at Hamrin Mountains.
According to the military commander of Salahiddeen, over 50 ISIS militants were killed while attempting to withdraw to nearby Baiji; this took place in conjunction with the ISF entering the town of Al-Zuhour.