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Iraq Army Launches Tikrit Offensive, Politicians Elect Speaker

Iraq's army and Shi'ite militia forces launched an assault on Tuesday to retake the city of Tikrit from Islamist militants as parliamentarians in Baghdad prepared to vote for a new speaker, a possible step towards breaking months of political deadlock. The Defense Ministry said ground troops backed by air support began their offensive at dawn against insurgents, led by the al-Qaida offshoot the Islamic State, who have held Tikrit since mid-June. If the army and its militia...

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