Iraqi army retakes Tikrit from militants led by ISIL

Troops supported by air forces seized Tikrit from militants, the governor of Salahuddin said.

Iraqi army retakes Tikrit from militants led by ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraqi army has seized the city of Tikrit from rebels led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, governor of Salahuddin province said on Saturday.

"Iraqi troops entered Tikrit supported by air forces and retaken the city from the armed groups under ISIL's control," Ahmad al-Juburi said.

The semi-official al-Iraqiya TV channel said 60 militants were killed in clashes.

Backed by tribal fighters led by ISIL seized Iraq's second-largest city Mosul on June 10 and have captured a number of other towns in the north including Tal Afar.

The conflicts between the army and ISIL-led rebels are ongoing since the early hours of Saturday.

An Anadolu Agency correspondent reported that rebels downed an army helicopter and destroyed army vehicles in Samarra. Iraqi army has not made any comment on the attack.

ISIL rebels also attacked a local health agency in Mosul, center of Ninova province, injuring 13 officials.

Earlier, seven ISIL rebels were killed during clashes with the army in the city of Fallujah.

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