UPDATE: Not surprisingly, the Press TV report that the coalition has taken control of Qadisiyah on Wednesday 11 March was not accurate. The coalition is fighting ISIL insurgents for the control of Qadisiyah as of Saturday 14 March.
In the largest ground operation to date against ISIL insurgents, and after a week of intense fighting, the Iran-led coalition of Iraqi Shia militias and security forces, led by Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani, have retaken large areas of Tikrit. On Tuesday, the coalition forces had recaptured the town of al-Alam on the northern edge of Tikirit, encircling the city.
Iran’s Press TV reported today that the militia and security forces have entered the strategic city from multiple directions, and have taken control of al-Qadisiyah neighborhood. The report also said that the streets of Tikrit are “covered with dead bodies of ISIL terrorists.” Earlier, the New York Times reported that ISIL fighters had begun retreating form Tikrit.
Photo credit: Iraqi forces preparing to launch a military operation to retake Tikrit; 10 March 2015 (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP-Getty Images/NYTimes)