20/06/2014 - 23:00
Latest Developments in Iraq and South Kurdistan

Violent clashes broke out in Jalawla between the peshmerga forces affiliated to YNK and ISIS gangs, leading to heavy losses of ISIS in Tecnid and Wihde regions. The peshmerga forces launched an artillery attack against the gangs, forcing them to withdraw.

According to information from the PUK press, peshmerga forces control 95 per cent of Jalawla.

Violent clashes also erupted between the peshmerga forces and the ISIS around Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu in South Kurdistan. In the meantime, in clashes in Tal Afar, the head of the ISIS forces in Tal Afar, Husen Quce, was reportedly killed.

Iraqi forces launched a bombardment of ISIS controlled areas in Tal Afar as well as in Tikrit and its surroundings. Releasing the images of the operation, Iraqi army reported that many camps and vehicles belonging to ISIS were hit, killing 65 ISIS members.

Additionally, the Iraqi army has reportedly regained control of the town of Daluiye and Baiji, where the biggest oil refinery of the country is located, from the ISIS gangs.

Meanwhile 6 ISIS members, including two high ranking officials of ISIS, were captured in Sinjar by the peshmerga forces.
In the Dicle district of Tikrit, the bodies of 5 people executed by ISIS were reportedly found.

The gangs also plundered houses belonging to Christians in Mosul and burned all the churches of the city. 

The Israeli newspaper Hareetz has alleged that the ISIS gangs captured the chemical weapons plant in Al-Mutana.

The chemical plant is said to be from the period of the rule of Saddam Hussein.

While the Shia tribes are getting armed against the gangs, the Iraqi government has called on the people to fight voluntarily against the ISIS in their own regions, adding that the government will provide material support.

In another development, Iraq's Foreign Minister, Hosyar Zebari, speaking to Hura tv channel, said it was not only the government that was responsible for the political crisis and the attacks in Iraq, adding that stability in Gulf countries depends on Iraq and called on all forces to react against the attacks on Iraq.

In another development, Qubad Talabani, the son of the Iraqi President, Jalal Talabani, said the US must support the Kurds.

Another important statement came from the US president Barack Obama, saying that Iran can play a constructive role in the crisis in Iraq, while the Australian government announced that it is sending special forces to Iraq to protect its embassy there.

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