Iraq Sunni and Shia volunteers retake key district near Samara from ISIL

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Friday, 12 December 2014

The Iraqi army, backed by Sunni and Shia volunteer fighters, has regained a key district near the city of Samarra from the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

The Iraqi forces along with the volunteers managed to liberate Mutassim district after heavy clashes with the Takfiri terrorists in that district on Thursday.

Fighting is now reportedly still underway in Makeshifah, north of Samara.

Earlier in the day, the Takfiri terrorists targeted the holy city with a dozen mortar shells and 15 rockets.

Samara, located 125 kilometers north of the capital, Baghdad, has recently come under intensified attacks by the ISIL terrorist group.

Following the recent terrorist attack near the holy Iraqi city, Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Shia Sadrist Movement in Iraq, ordered the armed volunteers under his command to prepare for a military campaign.

“Because of the exceptional circumstances and the danger to the holy city of Samarra by the remnants of the terrorists and extremist groups, Mr. Muqtada al-Sadr has ordered our brothers the Mujahideen of al-Salam Brigades to be ready to meet the call of jihad in 48 hours,” read a statement issued by the cleric’s office on Thursday.

However, the leader of the Sadrist Movement urged the armed Shia volunteers to wait until a direct military order is warranted.

During the past few days, clashes have intensified between pro-government forces and the ISIL south of Tikrit and around Samarra.

The Takfiri militants, who control Tikrit and hold positions around Samarra, have carried out numerous attacks around both cities to pressure pro-government forces.

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