The Iraqi army is gathering its forces for a final advance into the city of Tikrit to free it from the hands of jihadi militants. But the troops are meeting with some fierce resistance.
Iraqi forces and mainly Shiite militia continued to surround the central city of Tikrit on Saturday as they plan their final drive to retake the town from jihadist militants belonging to the “Islamic State” (IS) group.
In a report released late on Friday, activist group Human Rights Watch said both government forces and allied militias had also “engaged in deliberate destruction of civilian property” after retaking the Turkmen town of Amerli in September.
“IS” has also captured large parts northern Syria, but recent territorial losses in both countries have dealt a blow to its campaign to establish an Islamic “caliphate” across the entire Middle East.
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Source News: DW
Photo: T. Al-Sudari