Iraqi security forces today continued the campaign against ISIL-led insurgents to retake Tikrit, which was overran by the insurgents on 11 June as they swept large parts of northern Iraq. Iraqi ground troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships launched a three-pronged pre-dawn attack on Tikrit on Saturday. The heavy fighting has resulted in many casualties on both sides, eyewitnesses and journalists reported from the scene. The troops were reportedly meeting stiff resistance and a provincial official told the Associated Press on Sunday that the insurgents have retained control of the most of the city.
Photo: Iraqi security forces launched a campaign to retake Tikrit. (The New York Times)