Situation Remains Fluid
The militants had to bypass Samarra to capture Dhuluiyah. In Samarra, the historic city 80 miles north of Baghdad, ISIL faced the first serious resistance by the Iraqi security forces and their allies, where heavy clashes took place overnight and the militants were repulsed.
To the west, ISIL militants also engaged security forces in Abu Gharib and Zeidan, some 25 miles west of Baghdad and its airport. ISIL is showing its capability to manage a two-front attack against Iraqi security forces.
Meanwhile, Kurdish Peshmerga forces took control of Kirkuk; a development with significant geo-political implications for the region.
Photo credit: Above, an AFP photo showing the ISIL’s ability to put together a motorized formation with equipment captured from Iraqi security forces. (AFP/Twitter, 12 June). Below, American-made ISF Humvees and tank captured by ISIL. (Twitter, 12 June)