When the self-proclaimed Islamic State occupied the Iraqi city of Tikrit last summer, it was "a disaster without precedent in the city's modern history," Zaid Al-Ali writes in the New York Review of Books.
Worse yet, the city fell in moments - the time it takes for an afternoon nap, as one Tikriti told Al-Ali. And though it's been liberated, Tikrit is a hollow shell now. Al-Ali discusses Tikrit with Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti.
- Zaid Al-Ali, lawyer and author of "The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy." He tweets @zalali.
This segment aired on May 14, 2015.