Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007
Various Iraqi forces are pressuring ISIS on three different fronts, all of which are of strategic importance to the organization. ISIS will therefore likely attempt to escalate its attacks elsewhere to divert the resources of these forces
1 On March 12, an anonymous security source in Salah al-Din stated that Iraqi army (IA),
police, and the “Popular Mobilization” had arrived in central Tikrit. On March 13, an
anonymous military source stated that the operation would not advance until reinforcements
arrived. Leader of Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri expressed condence in a positive
outcome from the ght but maintained that the combined forces needed time. In a recent
statement Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi claimed that security forces and the “Popular
Mobilization” fully controlled Tikrit.
2 A Humvee SVBIED targeted a military headquarters in al-Dayom
area in northwestern Tikrit district, killing six Iraqi Army (IA) soldiers
and injuring 10 others.
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