Isis in Iraq: Why Tikrit remains a ghost town two months after its liberation from militant fighters

Two months after the recapture of the Iraqi city of Tikrit from Isis, its residents are still too afraid to return, now fearing the Shia militia groups who stalk the city’s deserted and lawless streets.

The defeat of Isis at the beginning of April brought hope for many. The operation was a major victory, particularly for the alliance of the Shia popular mobilisation units, who fought for a month alongside regular forces and local tribal fighters supported, eventually, by coalition air strikes.

  • Kit Ingoldby

    My heart bleeds. People who support murderous Islamic barbarians are subject to murderous Islamic barbarism. Boo hoo.