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Iraqi Troops Launch Offensive Against ISIL in Tikrit

Iraqi troops on Saturday began an offensive against militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL in the Iraqi city of Tikrit.  The Associated Press reports that troops backed by helicopter gunships took control of areas near a university campus in the northern part of the city.  Residents of the city, which was the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein, report fighting in Tikrit which is now mostly empty after thousands of residents fled after...

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