Families return to Tikrit after city retaken from ISIS

After months away from home, families who have fled ISIS violence returning to Tikrit.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Dozens of families displaced from Iraqi city of Tikrit return to their hometown, months after pro-government forces recapture the city from ISIS militants.

The city had been widely isolated after government forces dislodged the insurgents from Tikrit in April, supported by Shiite militiamen and US-led air strikes.

A local official claimed the government had rented buses to transport over 300 families back to Tikrit from the encampments they have been staying before.

Tikrit, about 140 km north of Baghdad, was captured by ISIS militants last June as they expanded through most of Iraq's Sunni Muslim territories.

A local resident, Adan al Tikriti, expresses his excitement after returning, "We are very happy to return. It's almost hard to believe that we are seeing Tikrit again,” he says.

Iraqi officials are still concerned though, that the ISIS militants could once again show their existence in places from which they have been pushed aside by infiltrating the returning community.

Due to political controversy and damaged infrastructure, other towns in eastern Iraq remain deserted, months after they were recaptured by Iraqi forces from ISIS.

Since the beginning of 2014, millions of families have been displaced within Iraq.

TRTWorld and agencies