Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that Iraqi forces launched a military operation in Salahuddin province north of Baghdad to flush out militants of the “Islamic state” ones.
The militant organization in control of several strongholds in the province mentioned including the city of Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
He called al-Abadi, who was speaking in the city of Samarra in Salahuddin province Sunni insurgents to abandon the organization, pledging that Iraqi forces will do everything they can to avoid civilian casualties in the process.
Iraq’s prime minister said he had ordered Iraqi forces to start this battle.
Ebadi said in remarks broadcast on Iraqi television that he will expel militants “Islamic state” from every spot in the Salah al-Din, and display on their supporters last chance to surrender.
He added that calls for all those who “have been misled and made mistakes in the past” to lay down their arms.
He said, “This is their last chance, and that if they insisted on continuing on their way they will obtain a just punishment they deserve because they supported terrorism,” he said.
Were mobilized thousands of soldiers and militia fighters from the popular crowd in order to participate in the campaign against al-Islamic state in Salahuddin.