In northern Iraq, members of the Al-Qaeda-sponsored jihadist group Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, took control of Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, on June 10, then took Tikrit on June 11. More than 500,000 residents of Mosul left the city after the attack.
ISIS also gained control of the Iraqi cities of Tal Afar, Traybil and al-Qa’im and is contesting many others. Fighting has also been reported in Sāmarrā, only 68 miles north of Baghdad.
From their base of operations in Raqqa, Syria, ISIS already controls much of northeastern Syria. The Sunni... CONTINUE READING »