Iraqi armed forces are engaged in heavy clashes with Takfiri militants advancing on the city of Baquba, located north of Baghdad.
Iraqi security officials said on Friday that the army is battling the terrorists in the outskirts of the city of Muqdadiyah, situated northeast of Baquba, in Iraq’s eastern Diyala Province.
The extremist militants from the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have captured two provincial capitals this week, namely Tikrit in the Salahuddin Province and Iraq’s second city of Mosul in the northern Nineveh Province.
Over the past days, Iraqi armed forces have been engaged in fierce clashes with the extremist terrorists, who have threatened to take their acts of violence to other Iraqi cities, including the capital. Hundreds of Iraqi volunteers have rushed to army recruitment centers to join the fight against terrorism.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on June 10 that his country was involved in a “war against terrorism,” stressing that Baghdad “will never permit Mosul and Nineveh to remain under the shadow of terror and the terrorists.”
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the acts carried out by the militants, calling on the international community to support the Iraqi government’s fight against Takfiris.