The streets of Mosul in the aftermath of the city’s capture by ISIS

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has captured another Iraqi city after seizing northern Mosul province on Tuesday, as the group threatens to cement control in central Iraq.

The city of Tikrit, hometown of late president Saddam Hussein, fell to ISIL militants Wednesday afternoon, in less than 48 hours after the capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second city.

Tikrit, within Salahuddin province, is only 140 km away from capital Baghdad.

Meanwhile, violence continued in other cities as eleven people were killed in separate incidents in capital Baghdad and Anbar province.

Eyewitnesses told The Anadolu Agency that ISILmilitants “took over Tikrit in only a few minutes.” They said ISIL militants started firing into the air and broke into the state university.

The private Salahuddin television channel, based in Tikrit, stopped broadcasting.

11 Great Memorial Day Quotes


1. ”My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
Author: John F. Kennedy

2. ”Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”
Author: Mark Twain

3. ”I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
Author: Nathan Hale

4. ”There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.”
Author: William J. Clinton

5. ”I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.”
Author: Bob Riley

6. ”They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.”
Author: Henry Ward Beecher

7. ”Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.”
Author: Wallace Bruce

8. ”A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
Author: Joseph Campbell

9. ”The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.”
Author: Thomas Campbell

10. ”The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”
Author: Benjamin Disraeli

11. ”For love of country they accepted death.”
Author: James A. Garfield

Humanity needs more men’s like him

Dobri Dobrev

98 year old Dobri Dobrev, a man who lost his hearing in the second world war, walks 10 kilometers from his village in his homemade clothes to the city of sofia, where he spends the day begging for money.

Though a well known fixture around several of the city’s churches, known for his prostrations of thanks to all donors, it was only recently discovered that he has donated every penny he has collected — over 40,000 euros — towards the restoration of decaying bulgarian monasteries and churches and the utility bills of orphanages, living instead off his monthly state pension of 80 euros.

Amanda Bynes – Under arrest

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes left a New York City police station in handcuffs following her arrest on Thursday night on charges of marijuana possession, reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence.

According to law enforcement sources … a building official called police after spotting Amanda in the lobby with a joint, acting erratically and talking to herself. We’re told when cops arrived they knocked at her door and she let them in.

Amanda Bynes on Twitter –

Heartwarming: Two-Week-Old Baby Found Days After Devastating Turkish Earthquake

A two-week-old baby girl has been pulled out alive from the rubble of an apartment block that collapsed in the Turkish earthquake.

The baby, who has been named as Azra Karaduman, was rescued along with her mother on Tuesday after hours of heavy digging.

The rescue came nearly 48 hours after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake toppled around 2,000 buildings in eastern Turkey. Azra’s grandmother was also pulled from the wreckage, reports said.

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