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.
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.
Volunteers from the Hashd al-Shaabi militia inspect a dead ISIS militant after the Iraqi forces recaptured the city of Tikrit from ISIS control. 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.
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.
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.