Dhuluiya offensive

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

Dhuluiya offensive
Part of Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017) and
Salahuddin campaign (2014–15)
Date28–30 December 2014

Decisive Iraqi troops victory

  • Iraqi security forces capture Dhuluiya and break the siege of the Juburi tribe
Dhuluiya and nearby areas recaptured from ISIL

Iraqi Security Forces

Shia militia

Local Sunni tribesmen

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Commanders and leaders

Haider al-Abadi

Karim al-Nuri
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Unknown Unknown
Casualties and losses
73 fighters killed [2] 300 fighters killed (Iraqi claim)[3]

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


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.[4]

On July 14, 2014, ISIL 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.[5]

The Jubur (or Jabour or Jubouri) tribe, a Sunni tribe in the south of the town, had been resisting ISIL attacks for nearly six months.[6]

In October, Iraqi forces retook most of Dhuluiya, but ISIL later launched a counter-offensive and managed to recapture the ground they had lost.[6]


On December 26, Iraqi forces attacked ISIL 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.[6]

On December 30, Iraqi forces completed the recapture of the town of Dhuluiya.[1][7]

Since December 28, the anti-ISIL forces have been clearing bombs and other explosives placed by the ISIL fighters in various parts of the town.[1]

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 ISIL terrorists in Dhuluiya.[8]

Retired Brigadier General Abbas Hassan Jabr, who had joined the Badr Organization after the advances of ISIL, was killed on December 29 by a sniper's bullet during fighting ISIS in Dhuluiya.[9] 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".[10]

On December 31, Haider al-Abadi met with tribal leaders and security forces in al-Dhuluiya district and congratulated them.[11] 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."[12]


  1. "Iraqi forces clear Dhuluiyah of ISIS jihadis: commanders". The Daily Star Newspaper - Lebanon. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  2. 73 his killed
  3. "Iraqi forces 'recapture Dhuluiya from Islamic State'". BBC News. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-02. Retrieved 2015-01-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Iraq militants seize area near Baghdad". Press TV. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  6. "Iraqi forces launch offensive on ISIS militants in Dhuluiyah". The Daily Star Newspaper - Lebanon. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  7. "Iraq's Badr Organization: Dhuluiya in south of Tikrit liberated from ISIS terrorists". Abna. 30 December 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  8. "Bader says: The military adviser of Ameri killed by explosion in Dhuluiya". Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  9. "Iraqi forces clear Dhuluiyah of ISIS: commanders". The Daily Star Newspaper - Lebanon. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  10. http://gulftoday.ae/portal/004820ac-6e68-4e73-85ce-081c5b1bb72e.aspx
  11. "Iraq PM visits recently freed district". Press TV. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  12. "Liberating Dhuluiya is a quantum leap in war against ISIS, says Abadi". Iraqi News. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
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