Things are heating up in Iraq.
Iraqi government forces have been advancing further into Tikrit in the largest offensive push by Iraqi and Shia Militias against Islamic State.
Attacking from four fronts, the Iranian advised forces have put the jihadists in a position of having to fall back to defensive positions in several places of the city.
Some reports are saying that there are only 150 IS fighters remaining.
23,000 government aligned forces are involved in the operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown.
Tikrit lies half way from Baghdad to Mosul along the Tigris river.
IS fighters have been deposed from several towns and villages along the way.
But Iraqi forces have encountered literally hundreds of make-shift bombs along the way.
In Iraq's western Anbar province, Islamic State fighters carried out an onslaught assault from all directions upon the city of Ramadi.
More than 40 Iraqi soldiers were said to be killed just outside the city when IS fighters dug a tunnel and filled it with explosives – blowing up an Iraqi army headquarters.
The campaign by Islamic State on Ramdi was started by the firing of more than 150 motor and rocket rounds.
The City has also been hit by suicide attacks using explosives-laden vehicles to attack security checkpoints and a bridge.
Middle East Correspondent