The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham continues to press its offensive to seize the “belts” regions around Baghdad. Even though the ISIS southward advance has halted in Samarra, just north of Baghdad, it is continuing to press into the northeastern belts region in Diyala province.

According to theĀ BBC, ISIS forces have entered Baqubah, the provincial capital of Diyala, and taken over several districts before being beaten back by Iraqi military forces and allied Shia militias:

Parts of the city of Baquba – just 60km (37 miles) from Baghdad – were briefly taken over by the rebels. […]