Terrorists have taken over another city in Iraq, the second city this week. How long will it be until terrorists have completely taken over the whole country?
Islamist militants overran the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit and freed hundreds of prisoners from its jails on Wednesday, as rebels seized a second key Iraqi city in as many days and further destabilized the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The capture of Tikrit, the birthplace of former dictator Saddam Hussein, occcured just hours after rebels stormed the Turkish consulate in Mosul and took 10 diplomatic personnel hostage.
It also comes one day after Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, fell to fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, an al Qaeda offshoot.
The identify of the militants who seized Tikrit, 87 miles north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, was not immediately known. But the takeover was confirmed by Ali Al Hamdani, a senior official in Salah Al Din province.
The noontime raid on Turkey’s diplomatic compound was carried out by fighters belonging to ISIS, two Turkish officials said. (Read More)
More than 500,000 civilians have fled since the fighting started over the weekend, according to the International Organization for Migration.
The northern city’s four main hospitals are inaccessible because of fighting, and some mosques have been converted to clinics, the IOM said.
There’s a lack of drinking water in the western part of the city since the main water station for the area has been destroyed by bombing. Food is running low and few areas are receiving electricity, while fuel for generators is also running out.
President Obama didn’t end the Iraq war, he lost it.