Iraqi forces are upset about the safe passage granted to Islamic State fighters from Syria. They will enter Iraq, where, locals say, thousands of their comrades await them in the extremists’ secret capital.
As extremists are pushed out of Iraq, tensions in northern Kirkuk are growing. Local security forces believe the extremists are setting up sleeper cells in their district; NIQASH met one recently arrested member.
Intensive air raids, secret political talks and military forces gathering on the outskirts of the city: Everything points to the battle of Tal Afar – almost the extremists’ last stand in Iraq – starting soon.