At least four Iraqi soldiers have been killed while fighting Islamic State militants in the captured city of Tikrit, a military spokesperson said.
A spokesperson for the Islamic State has formally announced that the terrorist organisation has ‘accepted’ a recent allegiance from Nigerian terror group Boko Haram.
An Australian teenager, who travelled to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State, has reportedly been killed, carrying out a suicide bombing for the terrorist group.
Shi’ite militia troops and Iraqi security forces have entered the strategic town of Tikrit, in Iraq, capturing the centre of the city from Islamic State militants.
Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit, in order to slow down the advance of Shiite militiamen and Iraqi military troops.
Iraqi military forces have began to move against Islamic State militants, with the aim of reclaiming the major Iraqi city of Tikrit – the home city of former dictator Saddam Hussein.
At least 11 Iraqi army personnel have been killed by a truck bomb south of the city of Tikrit, Iraq during operations acting as preparation for an assault on the Islamist-held city.
At least 17 suspected Islamic State militants have been killed by airstrikes in western Iraq, with IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi believed to have been in the area several hours before.
At least 100 men, including nine boys, have been kidnapped by Islamic State militants in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, according to an influential sheikh in the region.
An Iraqi military helicopter has crashed during an assault on the rebel-held settlement of Tikrit, a city of around 260’000. Reports state that the vehicle crashed after taking heavy gunfire from rebels in the area.