Iraqi troops surrounded, supported by armed Shiite factions, yesterday, the organization «Daash» in Tikrit, the largest city in Salahuddin province, and neighboring cities on the second day of the largest offensive of these forces on the stronghold of the extremist organization. At the time of Washington confirmed that it is not time-table for the attack, which Iraqi forces preparing to attack against the organization in Mosul, Australia announced send 300 additional troops to Iraq, where he will be involved, especially with their counterparts New Zealanders in the training of Iraqi forces to fight regulation.
He said Iraqi military officials, yesterday, said that the security forces, backed by Shi’ite factions known as the «units popular crowd», gradually progressing toward Tikrit, and submit slowed because of bomb blasts on the side of roads and sniper fire.
These forces did not enter Tikrit, the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein, or the role of the town overlooking the Tigris River, which officials described as the head of the center for the organization «Daash».
In the southern flank of the attack, Police and army officials said government forces moving north from the city of Samarra may launch an attack on the role at a later time.
Witnesses said, for «Reuters», the commander «Qods» in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who helped coordinate counter-attacks on «Daash», since the takeover of the organization on a large part of northern Iraq last June «oversees the part at least from the process. »
And sheds light on the existence and the front line on Iran’s influence on Shiite fighters, who were a major factor in containing the extremists in Iraq. In contrast, the air strikes carried out by the coalition, the US-led Iraq and Syria, had no role so far in Tikrit as announced US Department of Defense (Pentagon), the day before yesterday, for reasons perhaps including the great Iranian presence. The Soleimani directs operations against the East Wing of the village about 55 kilometers from Tikrit, called Po feathers, after recovered from «Daash» two days ago. It was with the two commanders Selmani Iraqi Shiite forces, two commander «popular crowd» Abumahdi engineer and leader of the «Badr Organization» which is one of the most powerful Shiite factions, Hadi al-Amiri. A witness said the security forces accompanied by near Albu feathers «he (Soleimani) stands on a hilltop indicates his hands toward the areas where the organization is still working». It is the largest offensive military operation in Salahuddin province north of Baghdad, since last summer, when the organization killed hundreds of Iraqi soldiers, who abandoned military base at Camp Speicher outside Tikrit.
It is possible to affect the conduct of operations in Tikrit in Salahuddin province in plans to restore the northern city of Mosul, the largest city controlled by the organization. In this regard, he stressed the international coalition against the group coordinator, US General John Allen, that no time-table of the attack that Iraqi forces were preparing for the attack against the organization in Iraq, especially the upcoming battle in Mosul.
He said, before the research «Atlantic Chaonsl» Center in Washington: «We must resist the temptation to set a timetable» upcoming attacks against extremists, such as the Battle of Mosul.
He added that «the most important of the schedule is ready», stressing in particular the need to prepare for the post-fight, in terms of the ability to meet the needs of residents of areas that are recovered from the organization.
In this regard, the US general said that preparations should include the formation of a police force to ensure «security» of the population, and the appointment of local authorities to rule the city, and the representation of the central government, and attention to the refugees wishing to return to their homes and restore public services.
The «Pentagon» denied, last Friday, to be put pressure on the Iraqi forces to launch a military attack, to restore Mosul, confirmed that the attack set a date of return to Baghdad.
In addition, Allen announced that the United States «protect» Syrian opposition fighters who were armed Stdrihm and, as soon as they become the battlefield.
He said «We have a clear project to train and equip them with the latest weapons, but also to protect them when the time comes».
Asked whether the protection of these fighters can be made through the imposition of a no-fly zone, Gen. Allen said that «all these options neighbor said her research.»
He stressed that «it is important not to think about that we will not support these fighters».
For its part, Australia, announced yesterday, sending 300 additional troops to Iraq, where he will be involved, especially with their counterparts New Zealanders in the training of Iraqi forces. He stressed the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, that these soldiers were sent to meet the formal request, made by the Iraqi and US governments.
He told reporters in Canberra «I want to draw out that we did not take this decision without thinking, in the end, Iraq is required to eliminate a death cult (Daash), but we do not want to leave the Iraqis alone».
The «Of course, we hesitate, as a people are peace-loving, to involve ourselves in distant conflicts, but as we know, this conflict was dropped himself on our country». And spreads in Iraq currently 170 soldiers from Australia special forces, on a mission to train Iraqi forces. Last week, the New Zealand authorities announced that they will soon send 140 soldiers to Iraq in a training and support mission.
On the other hand, Abbott said that about 100 Australian citizen currently fighting in the ranks of «Daash», in Syria and Iraq, while there are about 150 other citizen support organization from within Australia. The Australian force will be deployed as New Zealand, as of next May in Taji Military Base, north of Baghdad.