The offensive for Tikrit has begun.
A key link that must be taken and controlled before moving on to Mosul
Now we will see how well they do. I am referring to the Iraqi Military and the Shia Militias as they are separate entities.
This is going to be one hell of a fight.
It consists of substantial number of Shia Militia who are known to be using Death Squads to execute Sunni's.
I think that capabilities will be significant, I am referring to both Soldiers, ISIL and civilians.
If there are atrocities, by the Shia Militias how will the world react?
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi military, alongside thousands of Shiite militia fighters, began a large-scale offensive on Monday to retake the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State, a battle that could either become a pivotal fight in the campaign to reclaim north and west Iraq or deepen the country’s bloody sectarian divide.
Iraqi state television announced the beginning of the offensive Monday morning, a day after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited the forces massed on Tikrit’s outskirts and delivered a speech in which he said “zero hour” for the liberation of Tikrit was at hand.