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Dhuluiya offensive

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Dates  28 Dec 2014 – 30 Dec 2014
73 fighters killed  300 fighters killed (Iraqi claim)
Location  Dhuluiya, Saladin Governorate, Iraq
Results  Decisive Iraqi troops victory, Iraqi security forces capture Dhuluiya and break the siege of the Juburi tribe
Combatants  Islamic State of Iraq and t, Badr Organization, Jubur
Similar  Battle of Suq al Ghazi, Fall of Hīt, Al‑Karmah offensive (2015), Salahuddin campaign, Battle of Kirkuk

Dhuluiya offensive


Dhuluiya offensive was launched on 28 December 2014 by Iraqi forces backed by Sunni tribesmen and Shia militamen on the strategic town of Dhuluiya (Arabic: الضلوعية‎‎), which had been held by ISIS for months. On 30 December, the area was recaptured and the ISIS siege on the Sunni al-Juburi tribe was broken.

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It was part of a bigger campaign to fully clear the Saladin Governorate.

Background

The town of Dhuluiya (or Dhuluiyah), 50 miles south of Tikrit and 90 kilometres (55 miles) north of Baghdad, is strategically located on roads linking the eastern province of Diyala to Saladin Governorate in the north.

On July 14, 2014, ISIS took control of part of the town. They bombed government buildings, including a court and local council headquarters, and exploded a bridge leading toward the neighboring town of Balad in an effort to prevent the arrival of reinforcements.

The Jubur (or Jabour or Jubouri) tribe, a Sunni tribe in the south of the town, had been resisting ISIS attacks for nearly six months.

In October, Iraqi forces retook most of Dhuluiya, but ISIS later launched a counter-offensive and managed to recapture the ground they had lost.

Offensive

On December 26, Iraqi forces attacked ISIS positions on several fronts and captured a string of villages south of Dhuluiya. On December 28, the troops entered from the north backed by the air force, and seized the airport just outside the town.

On December 30, Iraqi forces completed the recapture of the town of Dhuluiya.

Since December 28, the anti-ISIS forces have been clearing bombs and other explosives placed by the ISIS fighters in various parts of the town.

The military adviser of the Secretary General of Badr Organization, Abu Hamza al-Amiri was killed by an explosion of a booby-trapped mosque by ISIS terrorists in Dhuluiya.

Retired Brigadier General Abbas Hassan Jabr, who had joined the Badr Organization after the advances of ISIS, was killed on December 29 by a sniper's bullet during fighting ISIS in Dhuluiya. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a statement hailing Jabr as "one of Iraq's heroes" and vowing that his death would increase "our determination to liberate all Iraq".

On December 31, Haider al-Abadi met with tribal leaders and security forces in al-Dhuluiya district and congratulated them. He said the liberation is "a quantum leap in the war against terrorist gangs and a platform for new victories and does inflict further defeats against ISIS and its collaborators."

References

Dhuluiya offensive Wikipedia


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