Mutual clashes have taken place in different provinces of Iraq between ISIS and Iran-backed Iraqi troops, killing 74 ISIS militants and 17 Iraqi forces, AA has reported.
“A group of Iraqi forces in Saladin targeted Daesh [ISIS] militants that tried to sneak by boats through Tigris River. At least 10 were killed and the boats were destroyed,” the central police officer Raed Shaker told AA.
According to a statement by the Badr Organization, a group tied to Hashd al Shaabi Shiite militias, 30 ISIS militants were killed in clashes in al Fat ha area.
Seventeen security forces were also reported to have been killed and a number of them injured in the same clashes in al Fat ha area.
Al Fat ha area is located between Saladin, Kirkuk and Diyala provinces.
Iraqi air forces targeted an ISIS explosive manufacturing plant in al Muallemin neighborhood early on Sunday in central Fallujah with an air strike which killed at least 21 ISIS militants and injured 13.
Another security source claimed to have killed six ISIS militants in al Muallemin neighborhood while they were preparing a car bomb by planting an improvised explosive device on a vehicle.
"Iraqi army and tribal fighters backed by Iraqi air force managed to kill seven Daesh militants and injured five others while sneaking into the residential complex of the district," Katari al-Obaidi, a tribal chief in Al Baghdadi district, told AA.
Twenty-five former Iraqi army soldiers in Al Ghozlani base located southwest of Mosul were also reportedly executed by ISIS, according to security sources in Mosul.
Clashes between ISIS and Iraqi forces continue on the suburbs of Ramadi as Baghdad looks to redeem what was described by US officials as a “setback” in the war against the group.
Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s western province of Anbar, was captured by ISIS after weeks of clashes between the group, a small garrison of local police, and Sunni tribesmen in the city.
The central government in Baghdad did not send reinforcements to the city despite repeated pleas from the provincial administration.
Anbar is home to a Sunni majority, raising concerns due to the involvement of Shiite militia in fighting to re-capture the city.
Shiite militias which entered the province of Tikrit in March were videoed looting homes of Sunni residents before torching them in the town of Al Dour.
Claims of Shiite militias leading lynch mobs in Tikrit also surfaced, one such incident being witnessed by Reuters which reported that two militia officials “took out knives and repeatedly stabbed [a] man in the neck and slit his throat.”
Coming just weeks after a successful campaign to liberate Tikrit, the loss of Ramadi was a serious setback to the Iraqi government, as the city lies just 120 kilometers east of the nation’s capital Baghdad.
Over 500 people were killed in the battle for the city, with 40,000 civilians - a third of the city’s population - currently camping out on the outskirts of Baghdad due to being denied refuge within the city.
The United Nations has expressed concern over the worsening humanitarian situation on the “Bzebiz” bridge separating the refugees from the city.
“People are telling us that they have been walking for three or four days in temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius to get to safety. They are exhausted and dehydrated.”
“Many are sleeping out in the open. Their suffering is unimaginable,” said Salah Noori, head of programs at the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).