Baku, Azerbaijan, June 14
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Iraq's Air Force has started bombing some areas of the country's city of Tikrit which is under the control of militants of the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Turkish Haber7 TV channel reported on June 14.
The airstrikes resulted in some 40 people being dead and 30 more injured, according to the TV channel.
The Iraqi authorities state that the killed people are terrorists, however, the locals say that the dead are the civilians, Haber7 TV channel said.
The Iraqi city of Samarra, located 132 km from Baghdad, fell entirely under the control of the ISIL militants ON June 13.
This is the third city in Iraq, which is completely controlled by the ISIL militants. Earlier, the ISIL captured the cities of Mosul and Tikrit.
Reportedly, despite the fact that Kirkuk is controlled by Peshmerga (special forces, subordinate to the Kurdish administration), the fights are continuing in several residential areas in northern Iraq between Peshmerga and the ISIL.
On June 10, the ISIL militants captured the administrative center of the Mosul of the northern Iraqi Province of Ninawa, a number of small settlements, as well as part of the Salah al Din Province, including its center - the city of Tikrit.
The Iraqi army has completely retreated from the city of Samarra.
Edited by CN