This Iraqi government has released video showing aircraft bombing insurgent positions in the northern city of Mosul, under ISIL control since June 10.
Despite such hi-tech attacks the Iraqi army is in disarray and the Sunni group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant continues to make territorial gains.
Earlier they seized a border crossing to Syria and two towns in western Iraq along with the town of Rutba 150 kilometers from the frontier with Jordan.
As the Sunni militia continues to advance Shi’ite backers of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki are mobilising to come to the defence of the capital Baghdad.
In Tehran Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for an end to violence before the end of Ramadan and warned regional powers backing ISIL to beware:” “It is money and petrodollars that supports the terrorists. Let me tell them, tomorrow it is your turn to face the threat of militants.”
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei opposes US intervention in Iraq claiming Washington wants “Yes Men” in power in Baghdad.
US Secretary of State John Kerry in Cairo is due to fly to Iraq soon for talks on the situation.