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Iraqi Forces, Militias Tighten Hold on IS-held Tikrit

Iraqi forces and militiamen are tightening their grip on Tikrit in an attempt to wrest the city from Islamic State militants. Rebel gunmen and bombs have slowed progress as military and volunteer fighters push toward the center of the IS stronghold from two directions this week. Commanders of the offensive say the operation, now in its second week, is progressing slowly, but deliberately. "We are engaging in a very delicate battle because... we are facing booby-trapped terrain...

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