Tribesmen from Iraq’s Mosul regained control of one of the Northern city’s neighborhoods following heavy clashes with Takfiri militants.
According to reports, the clashes occurred in Mosul’s al-Wahda neighborhood on Wednesday, press tv reported.
About two dozen Takfiri members from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), including militants from Saudi Arabia, were killed in the clashes.
The Iraqi army says its forces have destroyed 60 vehicles belonging to the militants in the Northern city of Baqubah.
The deadly clashes and liberation of the Mosul neighborhood come after ISIL Spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani called on the militants to march on toward the country’s capital, Baghdad, and Karbala.
Meanwhile, fresh reports from officials say ISIL militants have seized the town of Dhuluiyah and the Muatassam area.
The Takfiri militants gained control of parts of the country’s Northern areas, including the city of Mosul, on June 10. The militants first took control of Nineveh Province, including its provincial capital, Mosul.
On June 11, Iraqi forces managed to regain control of the central city of Tikrit.
Takfiri groups are reportedly entering Iraq from neighboring Syria and Saudi Arabia to undermine security in the country. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that the country’s security forces would confront the terrorists, calling the seizure of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, a “conspiracy”.