"The insurgents moved quickly south, entering the town of Baiji late on Tuesday.
There were heavy clashes reported in Tikrit, with dozens of insurgents attacking security forces near the headquarters of the Salaheddin provincial government in the city centre.
One report said that Governor Ahmad Abdallah had been captured, but this has not been confirmed.
One eyewitness told the BBC that gunmen had entered the city from four different directions and a police station had been set on fire." BBC
This is not good.
If the ISIS forces have already moved as far south as Baiji and Tikrit then there does not seem to be a coherent government defense standing in their way.
As Lord Slim wrote "first reports are always exagerated." Let us hope that this is true in this case.
Muqtada al-Sadr is offering to put whatever force he can muster into this fight "in defense of Christian and Muslim shrines." Remarkable. Maliki had better think seriously about accepting the offer, otherwise he may end by being yet another Shia "eaten alive" by Sunni jihadis.
Would Iran intervene? Possibly. pl