The bomber struck “a gathering of notables and figures, most of them from the Al-Nida tribe,” the officer said.
Iraqis begin returning to Tikrit which was recaptured by Iraqi government and allies. But fears of discrimination and IS return remain.
Left to fend for themselves against IS onslaught, the Sunni tribes now receive weapons and money from the Shiite government, but that may not be enough to bridge the gap between the two sects.
Under the rule of self-proclaimed “Caliphate”, where people face punishment for littlest of reasons, a repentance card can be a matter of life and death. Escape is seldom an option.
On Tuesday, Iraqi officials said that families began returning to Tikrit two and a half months after security forces backed by Shiite militias drove the Islamic State group out of the Sunni city.
Fighting on Monday took place on a road used by Islamic State for supply lines leading from Baiji to the nearby town of Siniya to the west.
Four suicide bombers driving explosive-laden cars rammed into two security checkpoints and a military headquarters in the al-Hajaj area within a 15-minute span.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday that as more security forces are trained, Iraq will need more recruits to take their place. “We would like to see them do more of that,” said Earnest.
Medics in nearby hospitals confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.
Medical officials confirmed the death tolls. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to journalists.
The mothers, who come from seven countries including Canada, France and the United States, also want to help other families struggling to bring their children home.
The suicide attacks came by IS just hours after the Iraqi government announced the start of a wide scale operation to recapture areas under the control of the group in Anbar.
Shi’ite militias, Iraqi security forces and pro-government Sunni tribal fighters launched a counter-offensive on Saturday against the insurgents.
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Iraq government has asked the Shiite militias to intervene in Ramadi as they led a successful campaign to remove IS from Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit.