The Iraqi army is gaining more ground in its fight against ISIL militants. They've now seized control of the University of Tikrit in Salahuddin province.
The university was recaptured after an airborne assault on the militants there. Government forces have also killed a large number of insurgents in the ongoing clashes around Tikrit. The city, which is 140 kilometers northwest of the capital Baghdad, is still controlled by ISIL militants. Elsewhere in the country, Iraqi forces flushed out militants from the town of Mansouriyat al-Jabalm, which is home to a natural gas field. Meanwhile, Iraq's presidency says a session of parliament would be held on July the first. The meeting would be the first step to form a new government in the country.