Despite booby traps: Human shields ISIL near 'collapse' in Tikrit

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_JOR150213aa002.jpegSALAHUDDIN PROVINCE, Iraq — Islamic State fighters killed the prominent leader of a Shiite militia in the battle of Tikrit on Saturday, but Iraqi officers said the dwindling band of extremists were in "total collapse."

Iraqi government leaders predicted ISIL fighters in the city will be defeated in two or three days.

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