"Ironically, Iran and the US appear to have come to an agreement on keeping US airstrikes out of the battle, for different motivations. Iran and its affiliated militias to want to seize Tikrit without any US air support, so that they can solely claim credit for the victory, and giving Iran a high-profile victory in the fight against ISIL. Iran's strategy, along with the Iraqi Shia militias is to take the city, district-by-district, street-by-street, despite incurring high casualties."
"As the battle for Tikrit has passed its third week, it has emerged as Iraq's equivalent to Syria's Kobane, with the roles reversed. In this case ISIL is not conducting the siege, but are now the besieged. Kobane emerged as a symbol of reversing ISIL's momentum in Syria, with the almost complete destruction of the town in the process. Tikrit now could suffer the same fate."