Abadi's visit came after ISIS suicide bombers and fighters struck targets Saturday in Samarra
BAGHDAD, March 1 (KUNA) -- Ahead of a major offensive on Islamic State-occupied areas in Salahuddine Province, the Iraqi military on Sunday gained complete control of a strategic road linking the cities of Samarra
and Tikrit, which is currently occupied by ISIL militants.
Baghdad: IS suicide bombers and fighters struck targets on Saturday in the northern Iraqi city of Samarra
, where security forces and their majority sect militia allies have been gathering for an offensive against the radical minority sect militants.
Iraq's powerful Shi'ite shaikh Muqtada al-Sadr has put his militia on alert to battle ISIS militants for the city of Samarra
, home to a Shi'ite mosque whose destruction eight years ago plunged the country into sectarian war.
A medical source in Samarra
, further south, confirmed the toll.
(TAP) - At least 18 people have been killed and dozens injured during fighting in Samarra
, Iraq, after armed men took control of several districts, military sources said.
SALAHAL-DIN/ Aswat ala-Iraq: Police sources reported here today that four cops were killed and 11 wounded in a bombed tanker targeting a check point south of Samarra
Unidentified gunmen dressed in military garb have broken into t he city council and court house complex and taken hostages in Samarra
in northern Iraq on Tuesday, police and witnesses said.
Meanwhile, the Joint Operations Command announced the killing of two gunmen and arresting five wanted men in Samarra
, according to the National Iraqi News Agecny (NINA).
2013 is the 100th anniversary of excavation of the legendary royal city of Samarra
, hardly touched except by conflict since then.
Abdul-Kareem Al-Samarra, to restore the Minaret Mosque in Samarra