Tag Archives | Tikrit

Video: Battle for Iraq continues in Tikrit

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Armed groups in Iraq are involved in renewed fighting outside of Tikrit, a town that was controlled by ISIL. The fighting is concentrated on neighbouring oilfields and Iraqi forces say they are coming […]

Czech Republic Contributes to Stabilization Fund

The Czech Republic has contributed US$200,000 to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS) which channels fast-track support to help rehabilitate civic infrastructure, kick-start local economies, boost government capacity and promote community reconciliation. UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande said: “The generous contribution from the Czech Republic comes at a […]

After Liberation, Iraqi Cities Await Reconstruction

By Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The year 2015 saw the liberation of several areas of Salahuddin (Tikrit) and Anbar (Ramadi - pictured) provinces from the grasp of the Islamic State with operations toward that end ongoing. Yet, to date […]

Finland Arrests Speicher Massacre Suspects

By Simon Kent. Two twins have been detained in Finland on suspicion of involvement in the so called "Speicher massacre" which occurred near Tikrit last June. Finnish security services had apparently been anticipating the arrival of the men in the country, whose faces appear un-masked in a video by the so called "Islamic State," also […]

Abadi Rejects HRW Claims

By John Lee. The Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, has angrily rejected a report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleging abuses by militias in Tikrit. In a statement, Abadi claims that "HRW has relied on unverified video recordings and telephone calls reporting acts of robbery, looting and destruction, and recorded them as local eyewitness testimony, […]

Militia Abuses Mar Fight Against ISIS

Iraqi government-backed militias carried out widespread destruction of homes and shops around the city of Tikrit in March and April 2015 in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Sunday. Militiamen deliberately destroyed several hundred civilian buildings with no apparent military reason after the withdrawal of […]

Eleven US Air Strikes Hit ISIS in Iraq

By Robert Tollast. The US Department of Defence has reported 11 air strikes in Iraq, usually indicative of 24-48 hrs of activity. Coalition aircraft normally conduct air strikes along three fronts in Iraq, the Euphrates front, which cuts across western Iraq to Syria and covers the western flank of Baghdad, and includes the ISIS occupied […]

UNDP Helps IDPs Return to Tikrit

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working closely with authorities to support displaced people who are returning to Tikrit to rebuild their lives after the town was liberated from ISIL forces. Government sources estimate that up to 1,500 families have returned to the town, which was occupied by ISIL from June 2014 until April 2015. […]

Re-settling refugees: Iraq's endgame?

By Robert Tollast. Loveday Morris, who usually reports on Iraq for The Washington Post, has written an engaging piece on the returning "internally displaced persons" or IDPs, to Tikrit following the expulsion of Islamic State forces in the town. Morris' piece touches on some of the nuance that is often lost in reporting on Iraq. For […]

Video: 470 Bodies Exhumed from Mass Graves

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq has exhumed the remains of 470 people believed to have been executed by jihadists near Tikrit last year in what is known as the Speicher massacre, the health minister said Thursday:

Tikrit After The Extremists: A Ghost Town

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Tikrit After The Extremists: A Ghost Town Ruled By Gunmen It's been almost a month since the Islamic State group was expelled from Tikrit. NIQASH went there and found a […]