World Bulletin / News Desk
The mayor of Iraq's city of Salahuddin has confirmed that the army has retaken large parts of the city after it fell to rebels from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Mayor Ahmed Abdullah said in a statement that the army had retaken the districts of Ad-Duluiya, Al-Ishaqi and Mu'tasim.
He said the areas were retaken after government forces made agreements with local tribes and that talks are ongoing.
Although this is yet to be verified by independent sources, the Salahuddin police headquarters stated that they had killed 9 rebels in a raid on vehicles belonging to the ISIL. 21 rebels had also been injured while many of their vehicles were burned.
Clashes between the ISIL and the army continue after the former made gains in Ninevah, Salahuddin and Tikrit following the capture of Iraq's second biggest city Mosul.
1,700 security personnel executed
It has been claimed that the ISIL executed 1,700 Shiite hostages after taking 2,500 security personnel captive in the city of Tikrit.
The ISIL claimed the executions in former leader Saddam Hussein's hometown on their official Twitter page.
It is said that the Sunni personnel were later freed after an order came from ISIL’s leader Abu Bakr Al