The city of Tikrit, Iraq was recaptured by Iraqi forces from ISIS in April of 2015. The Iraqi forces were made up of government and volunteer forces which were both supported by the U.S. and Iran, each in their own way. Tikrit has been one of the few major victories against ISIS since they have declared their Caliphate which stretches across both large parts of Iraq and Syria.
Iraqi Security Forces strike ISIS positions with missiles in Tikrit during their assault to recapture the city from ISIS on March 28, 2015.
Volunteer fighters with the Hashd al-Shaabi militia fire on ISIS positions on the frontline on March 28, 2015 in Tikrit, Iraq. Iraqi forces would recapture the city of Tikrit back from ISIS later in April.
Hashd al-Shaabi soldiers in Tikrit, Iraq after retaking control of the city from ISIS, on April 4, 2015. Although the Iraqis had pushed ISIS out of Tikrit they still had left to face the hundreds of IED's in the city ISIS had left behind in buildings, vehicles, and on ISIS flags that they knew the Iraqis would take down. IED's were also the main driving force of the high numbers of casualties among the Iraqi opposition, and kept them from taking Tikrit for so long.
Volunteers from the Hashd al-Shaabi militia inspect a dead ISIS militant after the Iraqi forces recaptured the city of Tikrit from ISIS control. April 2, 2015.
During the battle for Tikrit, Shiite militias, who took part of liberating the city from ISIS alongside the Iraqi Security Forces, were often accused of human rights abuses, such as lynching captured ISIS fighters, and of looting and arson as well. The militias would often deny any wrongdoing. This ISIS fighter, found in Tikrit was tortured before being killed. The fighter was said to have been from Tajikistan, having a passport from the country on him. April 2, 2015.
Hashd al-Shaabi supporters and soldiers pray before having lunch outside of the city of Tikrit, while Iraqi forces battled what was left of ISIS to recapture the city on April 2, 2015.
Soldiers of the Sarya al Jihad Brigade of the Hashd al-Shaabi forces outside of Tikrit, Iraq on April, 6, 2015 after recapturing the city from ISIS.
Iraqi Security Forces relax outside the frontline outside of Tikrit University on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Tikrit, Iraq.
Hashd al-Shaabi soldiers prepare lunch outside of Tikrit, Iraq. April 4, 2015
Hashd al-Shaabi soldiers, also known as the popular mobilization forces, in the outskirts of Tikrit, before heading to the frontline outside Tikrit University on March 31, 2015.
A member of the Iraqi Security Forces with a flak jacket that reads "USA Mohamed" smokes a cigarette at Camp Speicher outside of Tikrit, Iraq on March 28, 2015.
Lumaa Mazahem, 28, of Hawija, Iraq fled south when ISIS invaded last summer and has been separated from her family since. She has been staying outside of Tikrit, and since the city and surrounding area has been recently liberated by the Iraqi forces, she plans to soon find her family. Monday, April 6, 2015.
Mourners carry the caskets of seven soldiers from the Badr Brigade of the Hashd al-Shaab militia in Baghdad. The soldiers died fighting ISIS two months before and were found in the outskirts of Tikrit, after the area was retaken from ISIS by Iraqi forces. Saturday, April 11, 2015.
Women mourn for seven soldiers from the Badr Brigade of the Hashd al-Shaab militia in Baghdad. The soldiers died fighting ISIS two months before and were found in the outskirts of Tikrit, after the area was retaken from ISIS by Iraqi forces. Saturday, April 11, 2015.
Hash al-Shaabi forces bring food and water to residents outside of Tikrit in Saladin Province who had been living under ISIS control the previous months. April 6, 2015.
A Hashd al-Shaabi soldier wipes the sweat from his forehead in Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery in Najaf, Iraq. Hundreds of Iraqi Shiite soldiers who were killed fighting ISIS during The Battle for Tikrit were taken to Wadi-al-Salaam to be buried. April 8, 2015. Najaf, Iraq.
A Hashd al-Shaabi soldier kisses the entrance of the al-Askari Mosque in the Iraqi city of Samarra, about 60 km south of Tikrit. The mosque and it's famous golden dome is one of Iraq's most significant Shiite shrines that was heavily damaged in an explosion in 2006 that caused widespread protests and sectarian violence. The majority of central Tikrit is now under government control after Iraqi forces recently recaptured it from ISIS. April 2, 2015
A child looks up during Maghreb prayer inside the shrine of Imam Hussain, one of the holiest sites for Shiite muslims. The mosque has been under threat by the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Karbala, Iraq. April 7, 2015.