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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham took control of the cities of Tikrit and Bayji in Salahaddin province. Bayji has Iraq's largest oil refinery, and Tikrit is the provincial capital of Salahaddin. ISIS fighters have freed thousands of prisoners and looted hundreds of millions of dollars during their offensive.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham seized control of the northern city of Mosul, Iraq's second largest. Iraqi troops and police abandoned their weapons, ammunition, and vehicles and fled the city. The ISIS quickly advanced southwards and took control of the Hawijah, Zab, Riyadh, Abbasi, Rashad, and Yankaja areas west and south of Kirkuk, as well as the airport at Sharqat. The ISIS is said to be in full control of Ninewa province. Prime Minister Maliki called for a state of emergency.
Eighteen people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his car packed with explosives outside of the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in Jalawla. The suicide bomber then entered the building and detonated his vest. Security forces launched an operation to clear ISIS fighters from western Mosul.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed 18 security personnel during a massed assault on Mosul; the military said it killed 105 AQAP fighters in a counterattack. ISIS fighters briefly seized control of Anbar University in Ramadi and killed three policemen before retreating.