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Iraq’s army soldiers, backed by thousands of Sunni tribesmen and local volunteers, continue with their offensive against the Takfiri mercenary terrorists in various parts of the militancy-riddled country.

Iraqi security officials say heavy clashes are underway between soldiers and terrorists form the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar Province.

Sources also say most parts of the volatile city are still in control of the army.

Elsewhere in the northern city of Tikrit, Iraqi forces managed to retake control of the Speicher airfield.

This is while the governor of Salahuddin says the army will clear the militants from the province in three days.

In Babel province, security forces have clashed with the Takfiri militants northwest of the city of Hilla, killing at least a dozen of them.

In another development, ISIL militants reportedly raised their flags above churches in Mosul, which was the first city to fall into the hands of militants.

Thousands of Iraqis fled their homes after militants from the ISIL attacked Christian areas and minority communities in northern Iraq.

The latest developments come as the United Nations says June has been the deadliest month in Iraq so far this year, with more than 2400 people killed in violence. Over 2000 others have also been wounded.

Senior Muslim clerics have condemned the ISIL atrocities, including mass executions and rape.

The ISIL’s advance has been slowed down as Iraqi military and volunteer forces have begun engaging them on several fronts.

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has vowed that the country’s security forces would confront the foreign-sponsored militants.

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SOURCE: Press TV –JR/NN

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