Fleeing for their lives: 28,000 Sunnis escape Tikrit amid fierce fighting between ISIS and the Shia militias – who they fear even more

Shia fighters launch a rocket towards Islamic State militants during heavy fighting east of the militant-held city of Tikrit

Fierce fighting between Islamic State militants and soldiers from the Iraqi Army has forced 28,000 residents of the Iraqi city of Tikrit to flee their homes in recent days.

Citizens of the strategically important city, which lies midway between regime-capital Baghdad and the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, are making desperate efforts to escape the fighting, the UN says.

More than 30,000 Iraqi Army soldiers are currently fighting ISIS militants in the suburbs of Tikrit, or are otherwise making their way towards the city alongside tens of thousands of Iran-backed Shia volunteer militias, many of whom are accused of carrying out ISIS-style atrocities themselves.

Although the troops are aiming to liberate the city from ISIS control, many of the predominantly Sunni population have spent the past few days cutting up white clothes and fabric to make flags of surrender, fearing the Shia armies even more than their terrorist occupiers…

  • eMan14

    Talk about being between a rock and a hard place.

    • Gary

      More like between Iraq and a hard place.

      • eMan14


  • Drunk_by_Noon

    When the reprisals upon the ISI collaborators kicks in this is going to look like an extended trailer for “cannibal holocaust”.

    Go internecine violence!

    • Frau Katze

      Good point. Maybe they’re the ones that are fleeing.

  • Alain

    Gee for the life of me I just cannot muster up any sympathy for either side, but then I admit never to have been a touchy-feely type of guy like the man-child Trudeau.

    • Gary

      Once you understand the quran and allah’s will , it will makes sense for why the muslims in the West don’t take to the streets by the thousands to denounce ISIS or the 200’000 muslims killed in Syria.
      Meanwhile in Chapel Hill , some nut case is surrounded by muslims and ends up shooting three Folks that happened to be victims of a random act of violence , but that is a Crisis and has been hijacked as islam’s 9/11 .
      The quran forbids muslims from judging other muslims since that is allah’s job after they die. I know that muslims will say I am telling lies , but I heard this from muslims in Canada that won’t condemn the 9/11 muslims other than their actions as being un-islamic.

  • Gary

    The Ahmadiyya’s are loving this because as long as the Sunni and Shiite muslims are killing each other they aren’t attacking them , plus the Ahmadi’s population as a % increases as the others drop.