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Iraq's Tikrit falls to militants

2014-06-11 17:24

Tikrit - Militants took control of the Iraqi city of Tikrit and freed hundreds of prisoners on Wednesday, police said, the second provincial capital to fall in two days.

"All of Tikrit is in the hands of the militants," a police colonel said of the Salaheddin provincial capital, which lies roughly half way between Baghdad and Iraq's second city Mosul which fell on Tuesday.

A police brigadier general said that the militants attacked from the north, west and south of the city, and that they were from powerful jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

A police major said the militants had freed around 300 inmates from a prison in the city.

Isil is spearheading a spectacular offensive that began late on Monday and has since overrun all of Nineveh province and its capital Mosul as well as parts of Kirkuk to its southeast and Salaheddin to its south.

Comments
  • Henk Van Biljon - 2014-06-11 18:11

    Please remind me why the USA invaded Iraq and which cities were "liberated"?

      Solo Wing - 2014-06-11 18:43

      Military industrial complex.

      Justin Pretorius - 2014-06-11 19:01

      They were never liberated by the US just enslaved in a constant war so the US can sell more oil in Dollars and not in Euros (Saddam was selling oil in Euros). The US must be brought to justice

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-06-11 19:28

      While the US invasion of Iraq was misguided, after the trauma of 9/11, at least it went after the right people. Number of unmarked graves discovered after the fall of Saddam Hussein: 500,000.

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-06-11 20:19

      You're preferring an UNELECTED DICTATOR who murdered hundreds of thosuands of innocent people just because they wanted to vote for their leaders, over freer, more democratic regimes. That makes no sense. Plus, "the deaths in this upheaval" have not been caused by the US. That also makes no sense.

      Nat Howler - 2014-06-11 21:48

      Sarel, what a load of crap. America did not start the crisis in Korea nor the brutal dictatorship there. America did not start the civil wars in Sri Lanka, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, or Rwanda, nor the Biafran conflict in Nigeria. It did not start the Balkan conflicts, nor the conflicts in CAR and DRC. It didn't start the Cambodian genocide of the 70s. It didn't start the Iran-Iraq war, nor did it start these Shi'ite-Sunni conflicts we're finding in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. It didn't start the war in Sudan thaat led to South Sudan splitting off, neither did it start the many civil conflicts in Latin America between different corrupt groups of strongmen, nor Haiti's conflict, nor the Chechnya crisis. Nor did it start the massacres in Liberia. 80%? Don't be another ignorant South African.

      Raymon McNelly - 2014-06-12 07:40

      Please Hosni, enlighten us with your genius: Why did the U.S. invade Iraq after 9/11 when there was NO EVIDENCE that IRAQ had anything to do with 9/11. In fact, 16 of the 20 terrorists on the 9/11 flights where Saudi's. 2 where from the United Emirates, 1 from Egypt and 1 from Lebanon. Note, not one from Iraq or Iran ... I'll tell you why: 9/11 was a false flag! The attack was an inside job because the U.S. government wanted to invade Iraq and stop Saddam Hussein from selling oil in Euro's.. You, Hosni, are a sheep.

      Hosni Mubar - 2014-06-12 18:37

      Stupid false flag ideology by Raymon. It's dumb. The US overreacted after being attacked. How many times have you done this? It's human, based on sinticntive responses for survival. At least it went after the right people. You are twisting yourself with blind hatred and prejudcie. This is why you make little sense.

  • Nat Howler - 2014-06-11 21:44

    Now is the time for an independent Kurdistan. Up until now, Nineveh Province has served as a haven for minority groups persecuted in ther Arab parts of Iraq--Christian Assyrians and Chaldeans, Shabaks, Yezidis, Mandaeans, Dom Gypsies. Only the Kurds can liberate the area now.

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