The Iraqi army and volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) foiled an attempt by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists who were trying to take full control of a strategic oilfield in Salahuddin province in Northern Iraq.
Tens of ISIL terrorists were pushed back from the vicinity of Al’as oilfield in the Northeastern part of Salahuddin province before they could attack the oil field.
At least 15 ISIL terrorists were killed in fierce clashes with the Iraqi army and volunteer forces.
In a relevant development on March 28, the Iraqi popular forces cut ISIL’s main supply route from Iraq to Syria after seizing two more important regions near the city of Sinjar.
The Iraqi forces took full control over the strategic Um al-Diban and Um al-Jaris regions in the Northern parts of Iraq.
The ISIL sustained heavy losses, including losing several of its armored vehicles.
Um al-Diban and Um al-Jaris regions are located in Sinjar countryside near Iraq-Syria borders and they were regarded as one of most important supply routes of the ISIL from Nineveh province in Iraq to Hasaka and Deir Ezzur provinces in Syria.
In late March, the Arab media outlets reported that the Iraqi Army and popular forces have begun military operations to retake the Northern province of Nineveh from ISIL.
It said that the Iraqi forces have already liberated several villages in the district of al-Makhmour and Mosul, which has been under ISIL’s control for two years.
The Northern and Western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since the ISIL terrorists began an offensive through the Iraqi territory in June 2014.
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