ISIS drive for Baghdad slows - for now

the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the terrorist group that captured Mosul and Tikrit last week, appears to have paused in its drive to take Baghdad. It is unclear if Iraqi forces have stopped them or if they are regrouping to continue the assault. Fox News: However, the militants of the Al Qaeda splinter group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) appeared to be holding onto two key cities captured from Iraqi forces earlier this week.  Fighting was reported outside the town of Tikrit, less than 90 miles north of Baghdad. The Wall Street Journal reported that Iraqi soldiers are using the town of Samarra, about 10 miles south, as a jumping-off point for an assault that would re-take Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, from ISIS. The Journal also reported that ISIS fighters were using Saddam's well-reinforced presidential palaces as bases of operations as they fought with security forces in the southern parts...(Read Full Post)