Iraq Overflight: UPDATE July 1

Fighting between the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Iraqi security forces (ISF) continued in and around Tikrit on 01JUL2014. Reports indicate that airstrikes are also continuing. As of this time, there is no indication that ISF has retaken control of the city from the militants. Additionally, there are some reports which indicate that ISIS seized part of a nearby military base in a counterattack.

Iraqi government aircraft carried out air strikes in the Risala, Asri and Tamim neighborhoods of the town of Baiji, killing six people and injuring 10 others; several of the casualties were civilians. Meanwhile, ISIS and tribal fighters are reportedly advancing toward Haditha in an attempt to take control of the dam. Clashes have occurred with government troops in Haditha.

On 1 July a session of parliament convened; early reports state that no decisions regarding personnel changes were made. The next session will take place on 8 July. Unconfirmed reports state that Iraqi forces took back control of the Turaibil border crossing with Jordan on 29 June. ISIS had taken over the crossing on 22 June. The United States announced that it was sending an additional 200 troops to reinforce security at the U.S. Embassy and the Baghdad International Airport. Their deployment will last until the security situation improves.