The push towards Baghdad has now completely stalled, as security forces and volunteers appear to be fighting back effectively in some areas.
According to various reports, at least 349 people were killed and 33 more were wounded today. Some of the reports cannot be independently confirmed and should be taken as estimates, particularly those in occupied cities.
The Peshmerga ministry of the Kurdish Autonomous Region claimed that troops were in almost all disputed areas outside the K.A.R.
Troops and militiamen retook Ishaqi today but also found 12 burnt bodies belonging to policemen. The deputy head of the Shi’ite Endowment came under attack while traveling near the city on his way to Samarra; eight guards were killed and 10 more were wounded.
At least 50 militants were killed, including some leaders, during an air strike in Tikrit. A battle for Tikrit appears to be developing. Militants have planted mines and bombs in anticipation of an army attack. Forces killed the provincial leader of the Naqshabandiya Army, who was the son of former Saddam VP Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.
Iraqi air strikes left five dead and 14 wounded in Falluja.
In Mosul, security forces bombed and killed many militants.
In Adhaim, fighting took place. Militants shot artillery fire at a government forces protecting Baiji.
Security forces drove militants out of Mutassim.
In Uwynat, security forces and volunteers are gathering to fight.
Extra security forces were deployed to Samarra.
In Ramadi, fierce clashing took place.
Iraqi troops handed over Qara Tapa to Peshmerga troops.
"Calm" has been restored to the Hamrim Mountains.
Fighting was reported in Dujail.
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