After Retaking Tikrit, Iraqi Army and Iran-Backed Militias Look Ahead to Battle for Mosul

April 8, 2015 8:06 PM

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While much of the world’s attention is focused on the war in Yemen against Iranian-backed rebels, as well as the aftermath of the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 states, Iraq (backed by Iran) has achieved a significant achievement in the long battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In recent weeks, the Iraqi army was able, with the help of Iranian-backed Shiite militias and United States-led air raids, to retake the city of Tikrit (Arabic link), the hometown of Saddam Hussein, from the forces of the Islamic State. Conquest of the city is but one step in the long journey to ret...

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