Insurgents take control of ANOTHER major city in Iraq


Two armed Iraqi insurgents - Photo by Menendj

Al-Qaeda-inspired militants have seized the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit — hometown of former leader Saddam Hussein — in a move that represents the second major advance this week for rebel forces in an escalating insurgency that has left the government on the defensive.

Witnesses described hearing heavy gunfire Wednesday from different parts of the city that began mid-afternoon before hundreds of pick-ups equipped with weapons appeared on city streets.

“The police didn’t fight at all, and withdrew, one-by-one,” said Hassan al Obaidi, 45, who works in an oil refinery in Tikrit.

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2 thoughts on “Insurgents take control of ANOTHER major city in Iraq”

  1. Not surprising. I knew no democratic government, could last in that area of the world. Afghanistan will be in the same position within 2 years of us leaving. That is why these wars are such a waste of human life, and resources. With the exception of Turkey, there are no true Islamic democracies. Some others play at it, but Turkey is the only real exception.

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