Is ISIS’ position in Sunni W & NW Iraq solid?

  • Not yet a given.
  • Iraq army (Shia dominated) + allied Shia militias (Iran backed) + some Sunni tribesmen poised to retake Tikrit (Saddam's hometown).
  • Early days, but if Tikrit operation succeeds, might herald new era of ISIS playing a defensive instead of offensive role in Iraq.
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