Iraqi forces supported by US-led coalition aircraft has made slight gains in the fight against ISIL.
On the northern front government troops took the town of Mahana.
The advance brings the oil town of Qayyara closer,which will act as a staging post before any future assault on Mosul some 60km further north.
Iraqi officials say they will retake Mosul from ISIL this year, but many are
In Baghdad followers of the influential Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr staged protests calling for comprehensive government reforms and an all-out cabinet reshuffle.
Iraq’s parliament approved a partial cabinet reshuffle proposed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, bowing to mounting public pressure for reform.