In mid 2014, during the rapid advance of ISIS across northern Iraq, one of the group’s largest prizes was the capture of the city of Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. On June 11, ISIS fighters working with former Baath party elements from the Naqshbandi Army captured the city with only minimal fighting. Along with the city itself, ISIS also managed to capture at least 1000 Iraqi Security Force cadets from the nearby military base called “Camp Speicher”. These prisoners were then executed, in one of the largest mass killings by the terrorist group to date. Now, 9 months later, the situation is altogether different. Months of Coalition airstrikes have massively degraded ISIS’s capabilities in the region, and Iranian military support has enabled the Iraqi military to get back on its feet and begin fighting back against ISIS. After half a year of just holding ISIS off, they have decided to go on the offensive in Tikrit.