The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham seized control of several neighborhoods in the central Iraqi city of Samarra during an assault launched earlier today.

Over 150 ISIS fighters entered the city on pickup trucks mounted with antiaircraft guns and attacked police forces in eastern Samarra, according to news reports. At least six policemen were killed and dozens more were wounded during the fighting. One unconfirmed report indicated that 38 policemen were killed.

The ISIS has taken control of the neighborhoods of al Muthana, al Jubairiya, Salah al Din, and al Shuhda, and “parts of the al Khadhra,” according to Ammon News. […]