The retaking of Tikrit, like Beji, Sinjar, and Ramadi, is proof that #ISIS is far from the super power its videos portray. A truer image of their useless cruelty is slowly replacing their propaganda. Now, after horror swept this important ISIS supply line city, many of the internally displaced Tikritis are back home, starting to rebuild their lives. 500,000 innocent civilians are already back and some 900,000 are expected during this year. UNIRAQ
They’ve a rough time ahead. It’s not easy to rebuild communities saturated with memories of lost loved ones and strewn with booby traps, but with strong government support they will be able to thrive. Inshallah.
[June 2014: Tikrit fell to ISIS as part of its sweep in northern Iraq. It made ISIS proud. March 2015: #Tikrit was retaken with Shia militiamen and also some Sunni tribesmen. They got assistance from Iran's Quds Force officers on the ground, and American, British, and French air forces.]