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Tikrit Offensive Draws Caution of Iranian Takeover, Sectarian Splintering

As the battle for Tikrit rages between Islamic State militants and Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militias, two major concerns have emerged: the role of Iran and the fear that sectarian divides will grow wider.  Days of fighting around Tikrit have yielded slow progress against Islamic State militants, who have held the city since last June. ''Our troops are now advancing according to the drawn up plan, though there are so many bombs planted by Islamic State...

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