The battle against ISIS has continued to heat up. Recently, US led fighter planes continue to hammer on ISIS stronghold in Tikrit. The battleground was described by the Iraqi Prime Minister as the difficult grounds/ targets. He sought help and intervention from the international bodies to reclaim the embattled city of Tikrit.
Special Forces coming from the United States and its allies announced that it did massive airstrikes in the city. Seventeen deadly bombs were dropped at three checkpoints, two staging areas, road blocks, two bridges and other areas that were deemed to be a stronghold of the militants.
The airstrikes were a crucial effort in paving way for Iraqi military to take control of the city. The commanding general from the US Forces stressed that the airstrikes in Iraq set the tone for the offensive action of the military. It is to be expected in the next few days that Iraqi officers will swarm the city in hopes of taking back the stronghold from the rebels.
The city was conquered by the Islamic State terrorist group June of last year. Since then, Iraqi military forces have attempted to raid the area and gain back control. In all those attempts they have failed.
Now, the government has been resolved to make that big push in conquering the city. The Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered early this month to retake the city however perilous it may be and whatever the cost of such exploit although he cautioned his men to proceed with the mission with utmost care. The militants who are holding the ground in Tikrit have experienced heightened pressure of the government’s military closing in on them. According to analysts, the terrorist will continue to hold this city as long as they could since they consider this an important sanctuary. The battleground is the birthplace of the former dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. His place of birth is located only 160 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad.
The ISIS responded on the attack by strategically moving around the city and finding good positions to hold the government back. This movement by the terrorist group halted the military efforts of the government since pressing on to attack would mean heavy casualties for the military and civilians as well.