On June 24, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) paraded through Mosul showing off their war booty that they had captured from the Iraqi army. The ISIL paraded 155mm Artillery howitzers, Armored Humvees, M-4 rifles, Ak-47s, medium machine guns, and Police vehicles. The Iraqi army abandoned their weapons and vehicles as they refused to fight the ISIL.
The ISIL has taken control of several Blackhawk helicopters. Witnesses have stated that they had spotted the ISIL flying them in Mosul.
On June 26th, the Iraqi Army launched an offense on Tikrit University. Iraqi Special Forces from the Gold band special operations unit were deployed to the Tikrit University by helicopter. The ISIL militants currently located near the university immediately engaged the Iraqi Special Forces. The Iraqi Special Forces were ordered to secure the University for the upcoming counter-attack by the Iraqi army. The Iraqi army lost one helicopter in the fight at the University.
On Saturday, June 28th, the Iraqi army launched a major counter-attack on the ISIL stronghold of Tikrit. The Iraqi army brought armored tanks, helicopters and armored infantry vehicles to the outskirts of Tikrit. There are conflicting media reports on who actually has control of Tikrit. Media reports have stated that the Iraqi army has stopped 10 kilometers south of Tikrit due to mines and booby traps planted by ISIL. A spokesman for the ISIL has stated that they currently control Tikrit.
The US government has supplied 75 Hellfire missiles to the Iraqi army in order to have air strike capability.
Russian military advisors have arrived in Baghdad to assist the Iraqi military in flying the newly arrived Russian jets.
In Baghdad, Arab and Turkish companies have fled the country. These companies are fleeing because of the lapse in security. Militias and armed groups have also threatened many Arab and Turkish investment companies.
The Ministry of Finance has issued an order to the banks to protect their assets and documents while military operations are ongoing.