Saadiyah

The Peshmergas trying to encircle completely Jalawla area with ISIS fighters inside. There are heavy clashes because ISIS understand the strategy. ISIS reinforcements are pushed away by heavy kurd fire far from Jalawla city entrances. The Kurds (Peshmergas, PJAK & PKK) want to push completely ISIS to Saadiyah.

Reuters reports, “Islamist rebel fighters captured two more Iraqi towns overnight in a relentless sweep south towards the capital Baghdad in a campaign to recreate a medieval caliphate carved out of fragmenting Iraq and Syria. Thrusting further to the southeast after their lightning seizure of the major Iraqi city of Mosul in the far north and the late dictator Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, ISIL entered two towns in Diyala province bordering Iran. Saadiyah and Jalawla had fallen to the Sunni Muslim insurgents after government troops fled their positions, along with several villages around the Himreen mountains that have long been a hideout for militants, security sources said.”

As the map shows, as of this moment the Al Qaeda extremeists are now just 30 miles away from Baghdad and closing fast, although Iraqi forces may have succeded in halting the advance for now near the town of Samarra.