It’s been reported that Iraqi Army helicopters have fired rockets and targeted one of the largest mosques in Tikrit. The Iraqi military issued arrest warrants for the two army generals that are in charge of Mosul. Prime Minister Nuri Maliki accused the army generals of failing to act while the ISIS attacked the second largest city in Iraq. There has been no evidence that PM Maliki ordered the Iraqi army to withdraw from Mosul. The ISIS have gathered together once again in attempts to take over the Iraqi city of Samarra, home to a revered shrine the al-Askari shrine.
A few days ago, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) attacked the city of Samarra. However, this time the militants failed to get control of the city. Iraqi security forces appear to be in control of the city. The city of Samarra is home to the al-Askari shrine, the ISIL have made public statements that they intend to flatten all Shia shrines, so they better take notice.
This past Friday PM Maliki travelled to Samarra to have a security meeting with any government officials that have remained in the city.
On June 11, after attacking Mosul, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) travelled south to Iraq’s largest oil refinery in the city of Baiji. There were 250 security guards posted that guard and defend the oil refinery that fled once the militants arrived.
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have seized several parts of Iraq’s northern energy sector. The Baiji oil refinery is now under control of local tribes who are allies with ISIS. This is reported by refinery workers, two senior North Oil Company (NOC) and a senior Interior Ministry official.
The celebration in Mosul was short lived when residents were given rules issued by the ISIS. Women are not allowed outdoors, nor is smoking allowed, alcohol or drugs, and the destruction of religious shrines. Women must wear loose clothing while outdoors and must also be accompanied by a relative.