World Bulletin / News Desk
Iraqi militia al-Hashid al-Shaabi took control of Tikrit in the northern Iraqi province of Saladin after defeating ISIL on Wednesday.
The national flag of Iraq was raised over the city alongside al-Hashid al-Shaabi’s flag.
Shiite militias have been extensively deployed on the roads that lead to the center of the city, with a particularly heavy presence on roads that lead to damaged government buildings.
Saraya al-Salam -- a militia loyal to prominent Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr -- are not in the city as they refused to participate in the Tikrit military operation, out of their opposition to the participation of the U.S.-led international coalition.
The devastated aftermath of the city showed the destruction caused by fierce clashes that took place between ISIL and the Iraqi national forces.
Black smoke still billows out from blown-up mines and improvised bombs.
Around 90 percent of Tikrit’s Sunni civilians fled the city before the clashes took place. According to local sources, civilians fearing Shiite militia attacks paid money to leave the city.
Tikrit’s operation was carried out quicker than expected and with minimum casualties, Colonel Hasan Ahmed, deputy director of Tikrit’s police told.
Salim al-Jabouri, speaker of the Iraqi parliament, said late Wednesday in a meeting with defense minister Khaled al-Obaid that the Tikrit victory should be followed by national reconciliation between all Iraqi people.Last Mod: 02 Nisan 2015, 17:11