Iraq’s security forces have advanced against militants from the terrorist group known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northern city of Tikrit. Iraqi officials said on Friday that the ongoing ground operations backed by air strikes are mostly focused on Tikrit University in Salahuddin Province. The university campus is located in a strategic area outside Tikrit on the road to Baiji. Iraqi army officials also reported that sporadic clashes continue on the campus. This comes as armed forces have also seized al-Alam district, south of Tikrit. Backed by thousands of volunteers, Iraqi troops regained almost full control over Diyala, except for the Sa’adiyeh district, which is still held by Takfiri militants. Iraqi sources say troops have also managed to clear al-Mansuriya district of the ISIL militants.