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What comes after Tikrit?

By Diane L. Maye
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

Recently, after a month-long military operation, the Iraqi government declared victory over the Islamic State in the city of Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein and a stronghold for IS forces.

Tikrit’s recapture could not have been accomplished without the help of a popular mobilization movement known as the Hash’d al Shaabi, which consists of primarily Shi’ia paramilitary groups, and coordination from Iranian military advisors from the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force.

Iran Takes Bow: ISIS on the Run in Tikrit

By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Correspondent for In Homeland Security

On the agenda for Iraqi security forces is the recapture of Tikrit and the whole Salahuddin Province from ISIS control. Reports are coming in that illustrate an advantage of Baghdad and the 23,000 involved in the offensive. However, the advantage might lie with Tehran and its growing influence.