Tikrit is held by the Islamic State.
The Baghdad-Tehran alliance -- led by Iranian general Qassem Soleimani (identified by the US government as a terrorist) -- has faltered repeatedly even not when pausing in the midst of fighting. And it has still not reached the center of the city of Tikrit all these days later.
All these days later?
For those who weren't paying attention, this assault began March 1st. It's now March 25th and the month is nearly over.
But while the month may be ending, the Baghdad-Tehran alliance to assault Tikrit continues and continues to struggle.
So now it's time for the US government to aid Soleimani?
That's rather strange since, if a private American citizen aided Sleimani, they'd be opening themselves up for legal charges for aiding a terrorist.
But Barack's going to have the US government aid the terrorist?
Michael B. Kelley (Business Insider) notes:
"There's just no way that the US military can actively support an offensive led by Suleimani," Christopher Harmer, a former aviator in the United States Navy in the Persian Gulf who is now an analyst with the Institute for the Study of War, told Helene Cooper of The New York Times recently. "He's a more stately version of Osama bin Laden."
Suleimani's Iraqi allies — such as the powerful Badr militia — are known for allegedly burning down Sunni villages and using power drills on enemies."It's a little hard for us to be allied on the battlefield with groups of individuals who are unrepentantly covered in American blood," Ryan Crocker, a career diplomat who served as the US ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009, told US News.