Not much remains of the complex, located in the village of al-Awja, except for the columns that held up the roof. It is hard to say whether the tomb of the Sunni leader was destroyed by the Islamic State or the Shia militias, assisting Iraqi security forces. The latter vowed on Sunday to free Tikrit in less than 72 hours.
Militants seized Tikrit and other cities in northern Iraq in a blitz offensive last June. Two months later they said that Hussein's mausoleum was completely destroyed. Witness reports did not support those claims. According to local residents, Islamists ransacked the complex but did not cause any significant damage to the tomb.
The tomb of Saddam Hussein in Tikrit razed to the ground. Do the dead have the right to peace? pic.twitter.com/3P8ESQSuEc— Gabriel (@qwertys4171) 15 Март 2015
According to unconfirmed reports, Hussein's body was transported to an unknown location by his loyalists last year.