Iraqi troops launched a major ground offensive against the ISIL Takfiri group in Tikrit, killing 26 terrorists.
The army troops, backed by the country's airborne forces, stormed the hideouts of the terrorists in Balad district, South of Tikrit, leaving dozens of them dead and a number of their vehicles destroyed.
Also, nine Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) were dismantled by the army during the operation.
The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.
Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.
The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.