“We can finish Daesh…and we can stop their advance in other countries,” said Iraq PM.
No reason was given for the release of the prisoners who were originally abducted from the area around Sinjar in the country’s north.
A masked executioner is then shown beheading four men with a sword, after which their bodies are hung on crosses in the back of a small pickup truck.
IS militants overran Saddam Hussein’s hometown last June, capturing around 1,700 soldiers as they were trying to flee Camp Speicher.
The government declared victory after Tikrit was taken over by the security forces from the hold of IS militants.
Hours after UN Secretary General arrived for talks with Iraqi officials, pair of car bombings in Baghdad killed 11.
The al-Jabouri say if the government helps them rebuild their community then the tribesmen can help sew the country back together
U.S.-led force has begun surveillance flights over the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit
The air strikes were conducted in an operation aimed at eliminating the ISIL threat to Iraq.
The destruction of the site of one of ancient Mesopotamia’s greatest cities recalled the Taliban’s annihilation of large Buddha statues in Afghanistan.
Black smoke could be seen rising from oil field since Wednesday afternoon, said the witness.
Iraqi security forces began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State.
Meanwhile in Baghdad, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi vowed to track down and punish those who smashed rare relics in the northern city of Mosul.
Police officials say the attack took place Saturday morning when the first bomb exploded near a busy market.
The victory marks a second blow to the extremist IS group in a month.