The city of Tikrit has long been a stronghold for the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) and anti-Government tribes; however, its proximity to the nation’s capital of Baghdad has made it an area of great importance to the Iraqi Government.
For almost one year, the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) have fought their way to Tikrit University, where they slowly gained ground to pave the way for this offensive.
With their gains at Tikrit University in the north, contingents from the ISF and Shi’i paramilitaries have advanced south at Al-Dour; this town’s capture will be imperative to cutting-off ISIS militants from Baghdad to the south.
Over the next few days, the ISF will attempt to capture Al-‘Alam near Tikrit University, while their contingents in the south push their way to Albu-Ajeel in order to complete the encirclement.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s commander of the Al-Quds Brigade, Qassim Suleimani, made an important visit to the Tikrit front on Sunday, as he took on the role as senior advisor to the ISF’s officers who planned this offensive.