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Militants 'on the run' after Iraq security forces fight back: Foreign minister

Published on Jun 12, 2014 10:16 PM
 
Members of the Iraqi security forces pose as they guard volunteers who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against the predominantly Sunni militants in Baghdad,on June 12, 2014. Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Thursday on jihadists who have stormed two cities were "on the run" after the security forces fought back. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Thursday on jihadists who have stormed two cities were "on the run" after the security forces fought back.

Fighters from the Sunni Muslim Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were, according to some accounts on Thursday, advancing on Baghdad after over-running the cities of Mosul and Tikrit in recent days.

Mr Zebari, who was attending a conference in London, admitted there had been "a serious development in the city of Mosul and Tikrit".

"But the information I have today from my capital... the situation (has) started to be reversed and the Iraqi security forces have managed to reorganise and to push them back to prevent them from taking some other important strategic installations further south of Tikrit," he told Sky News television. "Now I think they are on the run, the (ISIL) people and Al-Qaeda and the armed groups."

 
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