What happens if the ground offensive is stalled and they are not able to retake Fallujah or tikrit?
Among countless atrocities, ISIS claims they executed 1,700 Iraqi soldiers rounded up at bases around tikrit.
Abbas al-Saadi is a soldier and by rights he should be stationed near tikrit, where his unit is involved fighting ISIS.
As soon as ISIS arrived in tikrit, their first priority was to round up their enemies for slaughter.
Indeed, local testimony in both tikrit and Mosul points firmly to a picture of ISIS calling the shots.
Locals also know that ISIS needs more fighters in places like tikrit, Anbar, Diyala and toward Kirkuk.
On paper, the forces in tikrit should have been more than adequate to repel even a force of this size.
In a province with tens of thousands of Iraq Security Forces, tikrit, the provincial capital, was seized without a fight.
The fight for tikrit was anticipated for the following day, but there would be no one left to make a stand.
By Tuesday night, ISIS was in control of Bayji, a major oil refinery city that stood north between tikrit and Mosul.