Iraqi army retook the city in the north of Baghdad of insurgents Saturday, and they are ready to launch a counter-attack after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki a mandate “unlimited power.”
Military forces and tribal militias police find 12 bodies were burned when they regained control of the town in the province of Salaheddin Ishaqi of Sunni Arab insurgents, said a police colonel and a doctor.
The city is one of the closest locations to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, insurgents seized in the raid to master the vast majority areas in the north and central parts of northern Iraq this week.
Forces also recaptured the nearby area Muatassam, Salaheddin province, said the police colonel.
On Friday night (13/6), police and residents drive out militants from the other cities of the province, Dhuluiyah, where they establish checkpoints, witnesses said.
“People are fired into the air to celebrate the win,” said witness Abu Abdullah told AFP.