Skip to comments.To Samarra's Al-Askari Shrine: Militants Making Third Attempt To Seize City
Posted on 06/13/2014 10:16:31 AM PDT by robowombat
ISIS To Samarra's Al-Askari Shrine: Militants Making Third Attempt To Seize City By Howard Koplowitz@howardkoplowitz on June 13 2014 9:11 AM
Jihadists with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the al Qaeda offshoot that made gains in seizing control of much of northern and north-central Iraq, is making a third attempt Friday to seize Samarra, a city home to a Shiite shrine that spurred sectarian violence when it was bombed in 2006.
Witnesses in Dur, which is between ISIS-held Tikrit and Samarra, told Agence France-Presse that they saw countless ISIS vehicles carrying militants.
Other witnesses in Samarra, about 70 miles north of Baghdad, said they saw gunmen gathering on the outskirts of the city to the north, east and southeast. A Samarra tribal leader told AFP that ISIS fighters urged Iraqi security forces at the Al-Askari shrine to leave peacefully.
ISIS also asked tribal leaders to gather forces to protect the shrine and residents of Samarra, but security forces refused to withdraw from the area.
ISIS, which gained control of Iraqs second-largest city, Mosul, earlier this week, made two previous attempts to seize Samarra. Their efforts were rebuffed by Iraqi security forces in the two attacks on Wednesday and another late last week.
Militants bombed the shrine in February 2006, which led to the deaths of tens of thousands of people as sectarian violence erupted between Iraqs Shiite majority and Sunni Arab minority.
Is the popcorn concession still available?
A perfect opp for the Kurds—simply follow the swath of destruction by the ISIL, kill the ISIL, and take over Iraq!
I guess this might affect the Lockheed deal to sell. Block 52 Falcons to the. Iraqi Air Force.