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Tikrit cleansed of takfiri terrorists; next stop Mosul?

Crescent International

The The takfiri terrorists have been dealt a severe military and psychological blow. They have been defeated by a combination of Iraqi government forces and Sunni and Shia militias in Takrit, hometown of the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Husain. It appears Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, will be next in a campaign to fold up the Saudi-Zionist-American backed fitnah.

Baghdad, Crescent-online
Wednesday April 1, 2015, 10:43 DST

The Zionist-Saudi-American-backed terrorist takfiris have been driven out of Tikrit. The hometown of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Husain has been cleansed of the liver-eaters and head-choppers.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on Tuesday March 31 that units of Iraqi government forces, backed by Shia and Sunni volunteer forces, took control of the entire city and the Iraqi flag was hoisted at the Salahuddin provincial government headquarters.

Nearly 75 % of the city had already been liberated from the clutches of the terrorist group nearly two weeks ago but because of booby traps and snipers posted atop buildings in the heart of the city, progress towards it complete liberation was methodical and, therefore, slow.

Yesterday’s announcement while bringing cheer to the people of Iraq and indeed justice-seeking and peace-loving people everywhere, it also drove a nail in the takfiris’ coffin.

This was the takfiris’ first major defeat and opens the way to Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city.

Tikrit is important from both strategic and psychological reasons.

Strategically, it opens the way to other towns and cities in Salahuddin province, the most important of which is Mosul.

Psychologically, it has dealt a blow to the takfiris, especially since it has symbolic value for them since it was the hometown of Saddam, the hated Iraqi dictator.

It is interesting to note that the liberation of Tikrit occurred as a result of Shia and Sunni militias joining hands with the Iraqi army.

Thus, the sectarian card that the takfiris and their backers play was eliminated.

There was noticeable relief and joy in Iran at the victory in Tikrit. Iran has provided moral and material support to the Iraqis.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Quds Force Commander, General Qasem Sulaimani has been advising Iraqi forces in their quest to liberate Takrit.

Not surprisingly, Tehran felicitated the Iraqi government and people on the liberation of the strategically important city of Tikrit.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham congratulated the courageous victory by Iraq’s army and popular and tribal forces.

“The recent victories are considered a landmark in the process of fighting terrorism in the country and herald the cleansing of Iraq’s other areas in the near future,” she said.

The takfiri terrorists took control of Tikrit and Mosul in June of last year. Their sudden eruption with such force surprised many observers.

The takfiris had the backing of many Iraqi commanders left over from the Ba‘athist era, that were reintegrated into the Iraqi armed forces.

The regime of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki also played a role in antagonizing many Sunni tribal leaders. He resorted to sectarianism that alienated many Sunni tribal leaders.

The Baathists also played on this and fled their posts when the takfiris first entered Mosul and Tikrit. This left the rank and file of the Iraqi army leaderless. They either fled or surrendered.

The liberation of Tikrit may the beginning of the end of the takfiri terrorist enterprise and with it, the demise of many of their backers whether in Riyadh, Tel Aviv, Ankara, or Doha.


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