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Iraq's military, ISIS fight for control of Tikrit

Iraq's crisis with ISIS

Iraq's military flew helicopter gunships into the northern city of Tikrit Saturday in an effort to take back the town from ISIS militants.

This comes more than a week after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took over the city. CBS reports the Sunni militant group has swept across Iraq's northern half largely unchallenged - until the last few days.

But NBC's Richard Engel says Iraq's security forces, with their limited abilities, are in for a tough fight against the battle-hardened ISIS.

Richard Engel told MSNBC, "But the Iraqi military is not very strong. They're only able to carry out one, two, maybe three of these helicopter assaults against ISIS targets a day."

And CNN now reports a U.S. official has confirmed the American military is flying armed drones over Baghdad to serve as additional protection for American troops still stationed there.

It's part of a growing response to the extremist group, which has contributed to the country's worst crisis since the troop pullout three years ago. According to USA Today, the White House ordered 300 military advisors to the country after ISIS seized several cities.

The Sunni vs. Shiite violence has encouraged talks of a new national unity government in which, the BBC reports, both of these Muslim sects could rule together.

Time writes that there is growing pressure for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside to make way for that government rather than run for a third term. And RT adds, Maliki is widely blamed for causing added division between the Sunnis and Shiites during his eight years in office.

And according to The New York Times, a Shiite cleric has urged voters to choose a new prime minister by Monday when the newly elected parliament is expected to go into session.

Iraq's Military, ISIS Fight For Control Of Tikrit

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ectullis June 28 2014 at 5:58 PM

Get our troops out of the middle east and obsama out of the "White House"

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GB June 28 2014 at 4:25 PM

I don't get why the Iraq soldiers chose to lay down their weapons and surrender, just to be marched into a ditch and executed. Why not fight to the death ? At least they would die with dignity. I would rather be shot after I had used every bullet and missile and device in my arsenal, than to go down without firing a single shot.

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dwtomczyk June 28 2014 at 3:21 PM

lets worry about the usa

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Jim June 28 2014 at 6:01 PM

Herman Munster meets with Prince Saud al-Faisal in a country where women have less rights than a horse or a camel. Herman wants to give $500 million in armaments to people who have been soundly defeated by Assad and by Al Qaeda. Two weeks after the armaments are delivered the armaments will be in the hands of Al Qaeda. Our President will read about it in the new York Times.

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john June 28 2014 at 4:28 PM

let them kill each other and when it is over with in abut 10,000 years then maybe let them join the rest of what left of the world,,, but stop giveing these 1st century ppl weapons... they have plenty of rocks from what I see of those POS for countrys

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vstlvlvaccaro June 28 2014 at 6:07 PM

.....didn't take the thugs long to go for the throat, did it mr. o bama .....but wait .. aren't they supposed to LIKE us now and be good boys?

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belldon10 June 28 2014 at 4:04 PM

Thank you Bush/Cheney for invading a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 and creating chaos rather than a democracy. Don't tell me congress voted for the war. They were LIED to. Never the less, the soldiers did a fantastic jobs, but the ignorant Bush ninnies who ran the interim government were hopelessly incompetent.

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bentinck June 28 2014 at 5:10 PM

The USA government is a FOOL! Why are they sending our people over there to die!! All that is necessary is to have the Iraq PM REMOVED to bring peace in that country and NOT in the least sending our people. The USA government have almost ALWAYS supported government that are killing their own people. This government is a J O K E

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patriot1too June 28 2014 at 5:54 PM

America needs boots on the ground and bombers in the air as long as any of these radical islamic muslum terrorist are a threat to anyone. America must keep them OUT OF The United States of America.

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Michael June 28 2014 at 5:48 PM

They did not want us there and thought they could handle it. Let em have it.

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lsrt001 Michael June 28 2014 at 5:50 PM

WRONG...LETS STAY THERE AND GET OUR STUPID SORRY ASSES CRUSHED...THEN NEXT TIME MAYBE..JUST MAYBE THE STUPID AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL THINK TWICW ABOUT GETTING INTO A BOGUS WAR BASED ON LIES

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