Domenica i militanti dell’ISIS – lo Stato islamico dell’Iraq e del Levante, in guerra contro il governo iracheno – avevano annunciato la «ricostituzione del califfato» nell’area da loro controllata in Iraq e in Siria.
Fresh clashes have been reported between jihadist-led Sunni rebels and government forces around the Iraqi city of Tikrit.
Witnesses said there had been a wave of air strikes and that former President Saddam Hussein’s palace had been hit.
A local source told the BBC the rebels had meanwhile seized parts of a nearby military base in a counter-attack.
It comes a day after the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) announced the creation of a “caliphate”.
The rebels reportedly seized control of parts of the Speicher army base to the north of the city, despite coming under attack from government helicopters.
The Iraqi army denied reports that the rebels had driven back a convoy coming to the aid of the base.
Tikrit was seized by Isis-led militants on 11 June as they swept across large parts of northern and western Iraq, and has been the scene of fierce clashes between the two sides in recent days.
On Friday, soldiers recaptured part of the campus of Tikrit University.
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